Agensys Cancer Research Center

A fluid path of light links community art and science – creating a cohesion of architectural elements.

The Agensys project is a consolidation of four different sites throughout the city of Santa Monica into one research campus. It consists of flexible research labs, support spaces, manufacturing research, a GMP facility, a pilot plant, a central plant, administrative offices, a fitness center, a public café, a sculpture garden and a conferencing center.

In an effort to engage the local and neighboring communities to the campus, a pedestrian pathway and public sculpture garden showcasing art by local artists is illuminated by utilizing fixtures with field adjustable optical properties, capable of responding to the ever changing art pieces. The design team also used high-efficiency lighting systems with occupancy sensors in all offices and shut-off timers in labs for LEED Silver consideration.

Project Highlights

• LEED Silver Certified
• Illumination of public art


HLW International


Project Background

• 173,000 square feet
• $67 million


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Energy & Environmental Design Award of Merit

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