Barcelona Botanical Institute

Botanical Institute Barcelona

Higher Council for Scientific Research The Barcelona Botanical Institute is prominently situated on the highest point of the new Botanical Garden on Mt. Montjuic - 150 m above sea level and far above the city of Barcelona, right on the Olympic Ring. The long, linear volume cuts into the mountain and forms a conspicuous hinge between the horizontal contour line of the mountain and the sloping topography. It affords spectacular views of Barcelona and establishes a prominent landmark. Despite the...

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Bell Northern Research Buildings

Faced with building restrictions on the former central Seattle location and the undesirable option of moving to the suburbs, scientists of the Cancer Research Center voted for the long-term development of a gradually extendable research campus on a site of more than 4.5 ha at the edge of Seattle's port. At the time of its acquisition, the site at the foot of Capitol Hill - flanked by water to the northwest and the southbound highway, located between the University of Washington campus and...

Center of Advanced European Studies and Research CAESAR

Bell Northern Research Buildings

The foundation of CAESAR in 1995 by initiative of the Federal Republic of Germany and the federal state of North-Rhine-Westphalia was a political signal to strengthen Bonn as a scientific region. This foundation under private law was to compensate the city for the move of the Federal Government to Berlin. CAESAR is not organised in the classical way with a pyramidal personnel structure, but is based on smaller, more flexible work teams of changing size that work on temporary, result-orientated...

Gifu Prefecture Japan

Kisho Kurokawa architect & associates Richard Rogers Partnership Japan Ltd. The basic idea for this multifunctional building was to develop a laboratory building that would encourage internal communication and discussion between the co-workers. An open building with merging functional zones was conceived that stimulates intellectual achievements by means of a light-flooded and highly transparent environment. The building takes advantage of its location at the foot of a hill. An S-shaped...

Grand Rapids Michigan USA

The cancer research centre is located on a steep slope near the city centre. With its stepped convex glazed roofs it evokes associations with the rapids of the Grand River. The individual sculptural appearance of the building is derived from practical requirements. It is also designed as a research building that supports social interaction between the scientists and provides spatial and functional flexibility of the laboratory areas. As the exterior of the building suggests, the interior is...

C6 Floor plan layout Number of access corridorscirculation systemsbuilding typology

Apart from the urban and architectural design strategy the floor plan layout is a crucial factor for the building. Architects should try to achieve compact buildings with well-considered fa ade areas and floor-to-floor heights as well as acceptable ratios of total floor area to net floor area and total cubic content to net floor area. Circulation areas facilitate movement, social interaction and transport supply within a building. Increasingly, the classic lab space is opened up and lab cells...