NEW ENGLAND BIOLABS
NEB-New England BioLABS project
Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA
Passive Design Features
The existing laboratory on NEB’s corporate campus was operating on a nineteenth century estate within a collection of Victorian mansions. The company was seeking a new molecular biology facility that would also contain a winter garden, recreational space, and a 400-seat auditorium. APT conceived an intervention that would subtly blend with the area landscape, endeavoring to preserve its natural beauty.
The design concept is a series of splaying fingers that house research spaces, set into the topographical slope of the hillside. Natural light, vital to detailed scientific investigations, reaches into all the working spaces of the labs through the courtyards, which also serve as areas of respite for researchers.