Hauptman Woodward Structural Biology Research Center

Location
Buffalo, NY
Date
Feb. 4, 2005
Credit
Yazdani Studio

Hauptman Woodward Structural Biology Research Center

Hauptman Woodward Structural Biology Research Center

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  • Buffalo, NY

    The research center is located on a site at the southwestern corner of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and acts as the southern gateway to the campus. The key organizational element of the building embraces the principle of scientific collaboration. The building is separated into two main programmatic components: research labs, and office and multifunction support space. Breaking the offices and support functions away from the research lab allows each discrete space to be built cost effectively in support of the guiding principles of the project.

    The two programmatic components of the facility are housed in separate volumes that are linked by a glass-covered atrium that visually links the facility to the other world-class institutions of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Multifunctional support spaces line circulation paths that thread through the atrium between the office and laboratory blocks, creating an environment of visibility and interaction among scientists throughout the campus. A campus bridge links the facility to allow the atrium to be a central gathering space for all facilities.

    The notion of connectivity and collaboration is further enhanced by visually connecting the HWI research building to the City by fully glazing the eastern wall of the atrium. Glazing the lab block and opening it to the public exposes the inner workings of the research labs to the public. The laboratory component of the facility is rotated ten degrees to the west to enhance visibility from the street into the atrium and the labs, and to maximize the access of natural light and views from the lab block.

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