LABORATORY ARCHITECTURE -- EXEMPLARS [1]

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Introduction

In a thoughtful pair of articles in Science, Jon Cohen [2] poses the question "Does the architecture of a laboratory influence a scientist's creativity and productivity?"  In reflecting on this pithy question, Cohen cites a number of examples of laboratories and/or laboratory designers that are deemed to be successful from an architectural or aesthetic point of view.  As part of the planning process for Harvard's new physical sciences building (NPSB), I thought I should familiarize myself with these and other recent laboratory buildings that seem to be well regarded by the community of architects -- i.e., award winning buildings.  I have found that it has been most useful for me to record my browsings in html format and, for what it's worth, I herein share my findings with you.  I might also note that I have been studying the architecture aspects of other research nanofabrication/microfabrication facilities.  The evolving results of that study are available at A Compendium of Nano and Micro Fabrication Facilities.

Recently Constructed Laboratory Buildings of Note

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences, La Jolla



TSPI announcement
TSRI project description and pictures
Architect's description -- second item under Research/Industrial Projects
        Atrium 1
        Atrium 2

Achitect: Tucker, Sadler and Associates

Bass Center for Molecular & Structural Biology, Yale[4]


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"The faculty in the School of Medicine are chiefly located in the Sterling Hall of Medicine and in the adjacent Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine. Within the "Science Hill" area, most research groups are housed in the new Bass Center for Molecular and Structural Biology or in contiguous space in the Gibbs Laboratory. Underground and overground walkways connect these two buildings to the Kline Biology Tower and the Sterling Chemistry Building, uniting chemists with molecular and structural biologists." (Source)

About building the Bass Molecular Biology Building
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Architect: Kallman, McKinnell & Wood

Profile of Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects, Inc.

Biochemistry and NMR Facility, University of Wisconsin


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Architect's project description and gallery

Architect: :Flad & Associates
Profile of Flad & Associates

Biology Building, Western Washington University[3]


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Architect's project description
Another Picture

Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

Profile of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership

Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo[3]

Architect's description
Architect: Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc.
Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc.-- Homepage

Buck Center for Research in Aging, Novato[2]


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Buck Center for Research in Aging -- Homepage
Architect's description

More pictures:
        Front view
        Side view
        Aerial view

Architect: I.M.Pei (with Ken Kornberg and Associates)

Profile of Pei Cobb Freed &Partners
Kornberg Associates -- Homepage

Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Cincinnati[3]


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University of Cincinnati description of project

Architect: Baxter Hodell Donnelly Preston, Inc.
Baxter Hodell Donnelly Preston, Inc. -- Homepage

Center for Clinical Sciences Research (CCSR), Stanford University[2]


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"The School of Medicine's Center for Clinical Sciences Research (CCSR) building will house a total of 69 faculty representing several different departments and interdepartmecntal research themes. The proposed Center for Clinical Sciences Research (CCSR) will provide critically needed academic space for teaching and research programs in Cancer, Immunology, Human Gene Therapy, Human Anatomy and other related programs. Organized in this way, the faculty in the CCSR will be uniquely positioned to function at the boundaries between basic scientific research and clinical research in order to provide fundamental new insights into the nature of disease and to assist in the development of new techniques of treatment. …"  (Source)

Architect's description of Center

Other pictures of CCSR:
        Overall view
        Main entry
        Overall site plan
        Energy management plan

Architect: Lord Norman Foster (with Fong & Chan Architects)

Profile of Foster & Partners
Fong & Chan Architects -- Homepage
ARUP -- Homepage

Center for Nanoscale Science and  Technology (CNST), Rice University


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CNST -- Home page
Architect's description
Building Floor Plans and Specifications -- Available only by password

Architect: Antoine Predock

Profile of Antoine Predock Architect

Chiron Life Sciences Center, Emeryville[2]


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Architect's description of project and gallery  d
Other pictures:
        Overview
        Enterance

          Full rendering of building

Architect: Ricardo Legoretta (with Flad & Associates)

Profile of Ricardo Legoretta

Clark Center ("Bio-X"), Stanford University


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Architect's description of Center

Architect: Lord Norman Foster (with MBT Architecture)

Profile of Foster & Partners
MBT Architecture -- Homepage

College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa[3]


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Architect: Brooks Borg Skiles Architecture/Engineering

Drug Innovation Building (Hoechst Marion Roussel), Bridgewater, N.J.


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Hoechst Marion Roussel press release
Architect's description

Architect:  Kling - Linquist

Kling -- Homepage

Genentech Process Sciences Center, South San Francisco[3]


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Architect's project description

Architect: Flad & Associates
Profile of Flad & Associates

Levine Science Research Center, Duke University[3]


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Architect's project description and gallery

Architect:  Payette Associates, Inc.
Profile of Payette Associates, Inc

MacMillan Hall Science, Brown University


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Architect's project description and pictures

Architects: Koetter, Kim & Associates

Profile of Koetter, Kim & Associates

Medical Center Laboratory Building, Baylor University


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AIA project description
Picture/plans gallery

                            Architect:  Healthcare Environment Design Architecture Engineering Interiors,

Medical Sciences Building, Virginia Commonwealth University[3]


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Architect's project description

Architect:  Henningson, Durham & Richardson, Inc.
HDR -- Homepage

Medical Sciences Research Building, Duke University Medical Center[3]


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Architect's project description and gallery

Architect:  Payette Associates, Inc.
Profile of Payette Associates, Inc.

Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla[2]


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" Neurosciences Institute more monastic than scientific, the Neurosciences Institute, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, commands a site in La Jolla, California, less than a mile from--and in the shadow of--the Salk Institute, which is the masterwork of Louis Kahn. But while Salk is monumental, the Neurosciences Institute is introspective, receding, barely visible from the street. It's an essay in detailing, with every surface, texture and light condition thought through. And like the nervous system, it's all about pathways, links, journeys and, most of all, experience." (Source) 

The Neurosciences Institute -- Homepage
The Neurosciences Institute -- Architecture
galinsky description
More pictures:
        Logo picture

Architects: Tod Wiliams and Bill Tsien

Profile of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

NIST - Advanced Measurement Laboratory, Gaithersburg

 
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Advanced Measurement Laboratory -- Descriptive brochure
Achitect's description

Architects: HDR Inc.

HDR Inc. -- Homepage

Desert Research Institute, Northern Nevada Science Center, Reno/Carson City[3]


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Project description
Pictures:
        Approach to building (source)

Architect: : JMA Architecture Studios
JMA Architecture Studios -- Home page

Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla[2]


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The 26-acre campus of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies overlooks the Pacific Ocean on Torrey Pines Mesa in La Jolla, California. The majority of its laboratories are housed in two architecturally prominent buildings designed specifically for the pursuit of scientific research by the well-known architect Louis I. Kahn.

Salk Institute -- Great Buildings on Line
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies -- Homepage
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies -- Architecture
galinsky description and pictures

Other pctures:
        Entrance to court yard
        Courtyard (source: galinsky)
        Facade from court yard

Sam and Aline Skaggs NMR Center, Scripps Research Institute[3]


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                            Architect: : Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker & Bretton Associates  

Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine and Residence Tower, NYUMC


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Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine -- Homepage
Architect's project description
Other pictures
     Architectural rendering
     Entry hall
     Entry facade

Architect: James Polshek

Profile of Polshek Partnership

Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF), Stanford University


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SNF -- Home page
Center for Integrated Systems -- Home page
Paul Alen Center for Integrated Systems (CIS) Building -- Architect's gallery

Architect: Antoine Predock

Profile of Antoine Predock Architect

Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Missouri.


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Stowers Institute for Medical Research -- Home page
Stowers Institute for Medical Research -- Description of research campus

Architect: Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets

Profile of Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets

Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids [2]


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Van Andel Institute -- Homepage
Architect's project description and gallery  (listed under projects/works Van Andel Institute, 2000)
Other pictures:

        Aerial view
        Model
        West face
        South facade

Architect: Rafael Viñoly

Profile of Rafael Viñoly Associates

Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, University of Cincinnati[2]


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Vontz Center Home Page
Image gallery

Architect: Frank O. Gehry (with BHDP Architecture, Cincinnati, Ohio)

Profile of Frank O. Gehry


Footnotes
[1]  Sources:
Jon Cohen, Science, January 14, 2000, p 212,  Architecture and Creativity: Does Beauty Matter?

Jon Cohen, Science, January 14, 2000 ; 287, pp. 210-214, Architecture Discovers Science

AIA: Advanced Technology Facilities Design-1997 Review

Laboratories for the 21st Century

[2]  Citation:
Jon Cohen, Science, January 14, 2000 ; 287, pp. 210-214,  Architecture Discovers Science
[3]  Citation:
AIA: Advanced Technology Facilities Design-1997 Review
 




Other NPSB planning pages:
  • Profiles of Noted Architects and Architectural Firms
  • Miscellaneous Architectural Information
  • A Compendium of Nanofabrication and Microfabrication Facilities

  • This page was prepared and is maintained by R. Victor Jones
    Comments to: jones@deas.harvard.edu.

    Last updated June 3, 2004