One Team, One Lab
The objective for this project was remarkably simple: provide a new research lab for an up-and-coming faculty investigator and her yet-to-be-recruited research group. The lab in question is, however, a micro- and nano-electronics cleanroom: a tightly controlled environment, precisely designed to maintain very low levels of particulate contamination. In it, researchers will design and fabricate mechanically adaptive electromechanical devices. The solution draws upon the material and spatial vocabulary of the two Media Lab buildings, in which the architecture of the laboratories is pushed to the background so that the activities going on inside them can take center stage.
A Brand New Shade in the Media Lab
Adapting the Media Lab’s restrained interior palette, the YellowBox efficiently packages four major components within a simple, rectangular volume. Together, the entry/gowning area, a Class 10,000/ISO Class 7 specimen preparation room, a Class 1,000/ISO Class 6 cleanroom, and the mechanical service chase between them form the first-of-its-kind cleanroom for the Media Lab. Full-height glass cut-outs reveal the activity of researchers as they hack traditional microfabrication tools for evolving research needs.
Photography: © Chuck Choi