Bell Labs Charrette Update & Images
Charrette organizers are compiling sketches, presentation boards, etc. from the charrette wrap up on April 13. The concepts were visionary, illustrating a range of solutions that predominately focused on improved performance of the building and incorporating a sustainable restoration scheme that would bring the building into the 21st century with new systems and building elements while preserving its historic and character-defining features. For example, some proposed that the distinctive mirrored exterior walls could be retrofitted with interior glazing.
Additional natural light could be introduced into the original windowless laboratories by means of new light wells; the flat roof and parking lot areas could easily accommodate photovoltaic cells to produce “green” electricity on site, and air could be better circulated. The groups also invented new programs for the building, from high-tech laboratories, healthcare, educational and cultural, to residential with a consensus being to maintain the 472 acres as publicly accessible land.
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