The Lundquist Institute has been innovating in the field of medical science for more than six decades, from the first modern cholesterol test to phase three trials of a COVID-19 vaccine. It might come as a surprise that, until recently, such important research was done within deteriorating barracks dating to World War II.
Thanks to ZGF, the institute now has a facility as cutting-edge as the firm’s work. The four-story building is the centerpiece of a 10-acre campus, containing flexible, scalable laboratory and office facilities designed to incubate research groups of all sizes. Its facade is wrapped in vision glass, with a gently angled form to the structure that suggests forward movement.
Floor-to-ceiling glass can also be found inside, maintaining a line of sight between lab spaces and the outdoors, where a furnished slot garden at ground level provides access to nature. In the laboratories, wood-look flooring and painted metal casework alongside soft jewel-toned furnishings bring a homey comfort to spaces that are typically sterile. It’s an elevated aesthetic to suit the institute’s increasingly important mission.
Project Team: Braulio Baptista; Ted Hyman; James Woolum; Susan Oehme; Brett Meyer; Jenny Apostol; Antony Tavlian; Jenny Lee; Joel Rosenberg; Brian Maguire; Maggie Shamdasani.