typically consumes more energy than any other end use.
Consequently, the design team for the Multi-Agency Library at the
College of the Desert decided to take advantage of the abundant
natural light available in this desert climate to reduce energy
use. This strategy directly resulted in strong architectural
elements that delineate the building, making it a readily
identifiable icon for the college campus and the surrounding
To minimize the penetration of desert heat and direct-beam light,
the design includes carefully shaded vertical glazing in high
clerestories over the vaulted circulation spaces and offices. Roof
monitors over the reading carrels ensure ample light without solar
heat penetration. When supplementary natural light is available,
continuous dimming controls modulate the fluorescent lights in the
offices and reading and stack areas. This modulation is so gradual
as to be imperceptible.