Luxury Laboratories

In Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions editors Sandra Kaji-O'Grady, Chris L. Smith, and Russell Hughes take a look at the recent boom in luxurious, resort-style scientific laboratories. Designed by top architects these impressive buildings boast wellness centers, fine dining, and retail facilities that aim to attract top scientists.

Here are a few examples of lux labs from around the world:

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, California

The plaza of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1965). Photograph by Russell Hughes, 2017.
The sunken courtyards of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies with surfboard. Photograph by Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, 2015.

The National Graphene Institute, in Manchester

The National Graphene Institute, Manchester. Photograph by the authors.
The facade of the NGI; close-up. Photograph by the authors.

The Blizard Building at Queen Mary University of London

Photograph by Morley von Sternberg. Courtesy of Will Alsop/aLL Design.

The interior of the Blizard Building at Queen Mary University of London, designed by Will Alsop (2005).

Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (PRBB) in Barcelona Biomedical Research Park  

The PRBB viewed from the beach in 2013. Photograph by Sandra Kaji-O’Grady.
The timber “veil” of the PRBB in 2013. Photograph by the author.

The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, New York

Photograph by Philip LoNigro, 2017.

The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech (Morphosis Architects) and the Bridge Building (Weiss-Manfredi Architects).

Laboratory Lifestyles edited by Sandra Kaji-O'Grady, Chris L. Smith, and Russell Hughes is out February 5th.