Tell us more about the project.
MA: The building is very long and linear, and we made a point of emphasizing these horizontal lines. The spine of the building is a large 3 story stone wall that divides the front and rear halves. This stone wall is lit with a long linear skylight that runs the length of the building.
The software we used to develop the building allowed us to create realistic videos of what it would be like to travel through the building, and that became a very useful tool to help us understand the experience of the visitor or office staff. We would recreate the path of the visitor and that led us to make many changes. We pictured Jurassic Park where visitors could view the researches behind glass, and we organized the interesting lab work to be on display for the visitors. We had particular empathy for the future office staff and wanted to ensure all desks had views to either the mountainous landscape or tree filled courtyards. Moving through the building one will cross bridges, pass through glass roofed double height spaces, and descend a staircase that has a long window above the pond to give the illusion you are going underwater.
What did you focus on, while designing the building?
MA: We were focused on bringing lots of natural light, and views onto lush internal courtyards, rich in vegetation.