Seizing on the imbalance between required office and laboratory spaces as an opportunity to create a highly sustainable massing strategy, a three story wing of offices (10 feet in height) is coupled with a two story wing of laboratories (15 feet in height) of approximately equal length. The resultant “skip stop” arrangement consumes 19% less footprint and 13% less volume than the two story building first envisioned, significantly reducing the quantity of materials used in the building. The lab side is a high energy environment with complex technical systems; the office side is a low tech structure with operable windows and individually controlled heating and cooling.
Social Engine of Scientific Collaboration
The building’s external form reflects its internal organization. The central spine rises gently above the adjacent rooflines to form a protective canopy. Gabion foundation walls recall nearby rock outcroppings. Two covered decks at the building’s far end, overlooking the Hudson River Valley, acknowledge the research community’s fondness for the outdoors. A rustic timber stair leads to a popular network of hiking trails, which traverse the region’s scenic promontories.
Photography: © Peter Vanderwarker; © Warren Jagger Photography