The Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology

  • Location
    Pasadena, CA
  • Completion Date
    August, 2009
  • Size
    1 acre
  • Team
    Architect: Frederick Fisher + Partners
    Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
    Lighting Designer: HLB Lighting Design
    Irrigation Designer: Sweeney & Associates
    Signage + Wayfinding Designer: Ampersand
  • Photography
    Benny Chan, Paul Hester, Jereck Boss

About

Echoing the idea that science and engineering discovery is collaborative, The Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology at the California Institute of Technology is a porous building and landscape composition, with ample areas for impromptu gathering. The landscape surrounding the building exhibits a substantial departure from the traditional Pasadena ornamental material.

Palo Verde trees structure the building’s entry plantings, which are organized into a series of planks to echo the adjacent glass facade. The shrub understory heavily focuses on water conservation and is comprised of a variety of succulents and ornamental grasses. Social interaction is a key goal, with decomposed granite seating areas with movable furniture floating among the dynamic planting palettes. The low maintenance landscape is not only focused on water conservation, it also showcases the beauty and diversity of its arid ecology.

Landscape is an essential part of Caltech’s sustainability commitment. The building and site work together to achieve LEED Gold certification.

The rhythm of spaces in the landscape and the pattern of the facade are in harmony.

The Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology in the Lab

The Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology

The Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology

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  • SOCIAL
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new trees planted on site, including palo verde, California sycamore, and hybrid mesquite

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movable chairs to facilitate outdoor learning

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tables

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benches and chalkboards

PLANTING

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new trees planted on site, including palo verde, California sycamore, and hybrid mesquite

SOCIAL

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movable chairs to facilitate outdoor learning

SOCIAL

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tables

SOCIAL

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benches and chalkboards