The much-acclaimed Helen Woodward Animal Center has operated on its 12-acre grounds in Rancho Santa Fe since 1972. In this rebuild, the center achieves a sense of harmony with its history and surroundings. Taking cues from the agricultural and ranching history of its environment, the space features uncomplicated, classic barn-like forms. Large roll-up doors connect to courtyards and outside areas; high ceilings, ample natural lighting, and expansive windows establish a sense of flow between the indoors and outdoors. Open and bright, with high ceilings and skylights, the center is simultaneously functional and welcoming, creating a useable sanctuary for both pets and people.