Working in close partnership with the client, a major conversion and remodelling of an existing residential building has created a new grade-A workplace fit for a world-leading research institute.
The design encourages interaction in the building and engenders a united team culture. It includes the creation of several large voids throughout the building linking floors, while the new roof provides a continuous north light, which floods daylight down through the building.
It also features an external over-cladding which relates to the work of the Institute, with vertical banding created by perforated panels referencing the 'bar codes' created by genome sequencing. The effect is further enhanced by night-time back-lighting, which creates a focal point for the Institute’s expanding campus, and provides glimpses into the building.