Pasadena Art Center

  • Date
  • 2004
  • Location
  • United States, Pasadena
  • Size
  • 690 m²
  • Sector
  • Cultural
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Roof Lights
  • Architect
  • Daly Genik Architects


The prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena developed a new South Campus; with their first facility occupying the renovated Southern California Cooperative Wind Tunnel. The architectural firm, Daly Genik Architects, was selected to transform this complex into a new studio and gallery spaces for the school. Above the studio spaces, DGA designed three sculptural skylights, utilizing the Texlon® ETFE foil technology to clad the faceted forms.


The Texlon® ETFE technology comprised of three layers of ETFE foil, with two layers incorporating custom patterns designed by renowned graphic designer Bruce Mau. These patterns are integral in the system’s dynamic/variable skin technology, known as Texlon® Vario. Texlon® Vario allows the two printed layers within the system to move together and apart, altering the light transmittance properties of the roof and ultimately using Texlon® ETFE’s practical climatic control potential as an artistic visual addition to this project. At night the skylights glow with a soft light and transform into iconic lanterns.



Main Image: © Vector Foiltec