Leiden Netherlands

The laboratory and office building is situated on the western outskirts of Leiden on a green university campus whose urban layout and character is determined by buildings of the sixties and seventies. The dynamical sculptural qualities of the new building can thrive within this context and render it a symbol for Leiden as a visionary place of science. Physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes was active in Leiden and was able to determine the temperature of absolute zero at -273,1 degrees Celsius in the...

St Louis Missouri USA

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center 62,000 m3 (greenhouses not included) The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an independent non-profit research facility committed to a broad scope of fundamental research in the field of plant physiology. In this function, it is part of an exemplary partnership of various private organisations and state universities. The region known as Corn Belt of the United States today hosts the Silicon Valley of agricultural research with St. Louis as its centre....

Laboratories in research buildings main features and developments

Research institutes of largely varying size, layout, and purpose are places dedicated to the quest for cognition. As such, they are no invention of our times but have always been forward-looking institutions accompanying and dependent on the further development of the disciplines and of knowledge. New issues lead to new architectural solutions for the individual laboratory as well as for complex institute buildings. The schools of the ancient world, for example the Museion at Alexandria, the...

Stein Aarau Switzerland

After the fusion of CIBA and GEIGY the corporation was owner of four research facilities for crop protection and yet another one after the fusion with Sandoz in 1996. To amend this inefficient decentralised situation the new Novartis Corporation decided to build a central agrobiological research centre. Through the particular arrangement of the buildings, footpaths at ground level, and the successive layout of courtyards of varying sizes, the complex provides optimum functionality, orientation,...

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...

Laboratory Building of Cologne University Hospital

The architectural competition for this laboratory building was held by Cologne University Hospital. The urban and functional requirements of the brief posed special challenges for its design. It accommodates three research centres under one roof the Zentrum f r Molekularmedizin K ln (ZMMK), the Zentrum f r Genomforschung (ZFG) - both of them academic facilities - and the Cell Center Cologne (CCC) as a private institute. The site offered relatively little space for the implementation of the...

Henties Bay Namibia

The design for the research station of the University of Namibia in Henties Bay goes beyond common spatial and aesthetical boundaries. The architects designed an innovative research centre that evokes associations with the playful and diverse aspects of scientific life and work. The complex strikingly explores the contrast between the architecture of a civilisation striving for knowledge and the barren, spacious and sparsely inhabited desert that surrounds the buildings. Three buildings were...

Biosciences Building University of Liverpool

Genetic science increasingly brings together disciplines such as biochemistry, molecular medicine, plant biology, and environmental ecology. This trend manifests itself through the integration of formerly separate sections of the biological faculty within one building. The site is located at the prominent north-eastern corner of the 2.2 ha university campus. It occupies an important location within the city as it is also situated on a main artery and marks the eastern entrance into Liverpool. A...

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...

Nagoya Japan

The research and production building for medical and dental instruments of Osada Electric Co. Ltd. in Nagoya, Japan, provides a net floor area of 4,200 m2 accommodating research laboratories, offices, administration, and production. The project's particular quality is generated through the merging of Hoigaku (the Japanese version of Chinese Feng Shui) with high-tech architecture. The traditional rules of Hoigaku, which is used to ensure the safety and durability of structures, fell into...

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...

Center of Advanced European Studies and Research CAESAR

Birds Eye View Overlapping

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...

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...

Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner Architekten The scientific facilities of University of Toronto are among the leading institutes in the field of cellular and biomolecular research. Altogether, 400 scientists will work there. The main idea of the design concept refers to a multidisciplinary work philosophy and develops a spatial design under the heading The new building will be built at the heart of the existing campus between King's College and Queen's Park. It has been designed as a transparent...

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Cancer Center Floor Plans

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...

Max Planck Campus Tbingen

Ground Plan For Lecture Hall

Changing spatial requirements of two research institutes necessitated a comprehensive and fundamental redevelopment of the existing campus. The some decades old 7 ha campus is situated north of Tubingen's town centre and borders onto residential areas in the south and southwest, a public green space to the northeast where building is prohibited since it serves as an aisle for fresh air for the town situated in a valley and the University Observatory and a business park to the west. The new...

Selection of Projects

Maersk McKinney M0ller Institute for Production Technologies Bourns Hall, Engineering Science Building, University of California Institute of Physics, Humboldt University of Berlin, Adlershof Campus Institutes and Lecture Hall for Biology and Chemistry, University of Rostock Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Belfer Building for Molecular Genetics and Cancer Research, Weizmann Campus Moshe Zur Architects Urbanists amp Town Planners Laboratory Building of Cologne University Hospital...

Eero Saarinen and IBM

Eero Saarinen Ibm Research Building

In the mid-fifties, a fascination for shapes of the first computers and their product patterns, the IBM punch cards, evolved. People who could read and understand these signals counted themselves members of a new era. From now on, the lives of people were embossed into the modular system of the punch cards - like in the matrices of the modularly structured sheathing of the facilities they were made in. In 1956, Eero Saarinen had been commissioned to design the new IBM Manufacturing and Training...