The Caltech Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics research facility is located on Caltech’s South Campus directly across California Boulevard from the Institution’s historic North Campus core. The Cahill Center physically and symbolically connects the two campuses. The new building’s scale, orientation, horizontal massing, and material language connect with the original complex of Spanish and Mediterranean buildings across California Boulevard.
Tis facility is composed of a library,150-seat auditorium, classrooms, conference rooms, offices and underground laboratories. A white dramatic, yet chaotic staircase is what one faces when entering the building through the lobby. It is an astonishing part of the whole structure, where light is manipulated through holes and voids, large or small.
The Caltech Cahill Center is LEED Gold certified.