Guide Dogs for the Blind

San Rafael, CA
June 2013

On their San Rafael campus, Guide Dogs for the Blind raises service dogs and trains the visually-impaired to partner with them. SBA is designing a reorganized campus, including a new Welcome Center and a Residence Building, providing a unique living/learning environment. The project is pursuing LEED Gold.

Folding forms and simple materials characterize the architecture; wood siding and zinc roofing merge visually with the landscape. Deep roof overhangs, layers of glass, and day-lit corridors provide transparency and natural ventilation. Overall, it is a serene, beautiful place for learning, thoughtfully crafted for the needs of the visually-impaired and their service animals.

Photography: Ken Gutmaker Photography

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