SOM

SOM

University of California Merced – Kolligian Library

Designed as the gateway to the University of California Merced campus, this LEED® Gold certified building houses the main library, student union, administrative offices, and technology services. The structure is V-shaped, with two wings connected by a taller “core” building that contains an atrium and a reading room.

With the school being located in the hot Central Valley, SOM employed several sun-mitigation strategies that reduce solar heat while maintaining views to the campus and landscape beyond. The building is oriented north-south, with deep-set, shaded facades. Operable garage doors, loggias, and arcades provide an extended “campus living room” and invite students to work and congregate outdoors. In the evening, the building’s louvers reflect light and turn the building into a glowing lantern.

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