The research floor consists of two distinct zones: the office headhouse and the biocontainment zone. Holding rooms are paired with procedure rooms alongside research laboratories, forming flexible suites of space, each systematically independent from one another.
Biocontainment laboratories are typically windowless, buried deep within the core or basement of a larger building. The stand-alone Pell Laboratory challenged this approach by bringing as much natural light into the facility as possible, without compromising research requirements. All labs and procedure rooms, where scientists spend the majority of their day, have access to natural light and views. A double-walled window system enables even high-containment zones to enjoy natural light and views, while maintaining a gas-tight, sealed environment. Windows along the efficient, double-loaded corridor align with those of the suites to maximize the sense of transparency. Scientists can see one another across the biocontainment barrier, enhancing biosafety as well as security by allowing instant visual connections within most spaces in the laboratory.
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