Light, air, and shade
IBI Group Architects
HAVER Architectural Mesh
California’s Bakersfield College was founded in 1931, and it is one of the oldest colleges of the United States in which teaching has been continuous. More than 20,000 students are being educated on the 62-hectar main campus in the northeast of Bakersfield.
The college had its 2,800-square-metre auditorium refurbished through a community bond programme.
IBI Group Architecture Planning was tasked with redesigning the entire site and turning it into a centre of performing arts. The work involved a redesign of the entrance, reception, and study rooms, as well as the 450 theatre seats.
HAVER Architectural Mesh was used for the shading.
IBI Group therefore had to find a durable material for shading that would resist weather impact, guarantee maximum air circulation, and, of course, offer good sun protection.
The stainless-steel mesh elements were produced especially for Bakersfield College. Each one of the twelve mesh panels features a fastening system consisting of a clamping edge, clevis screw, and a pressure spring, and each panel was laid via three to four deflections, so that the mesh does not frame the stage vertically but with a slight curvature.
We did this.
Panorama Campus (Main)
1801 Panorama Drive
USA – Bakersfield, CA 93305
IBI Group Architecture Planning
Haver & Boecker
California CCFC 2015 Award of Honor