Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Princeton University, Frick Chemistry Laboratory in New Jersey by Hopkins Architects
July 7th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Hopkins Architects
A chemistry research building aiming to become a new standard in energy efficient design. The project is for a low-energy use research laboratory and teaching facility that will meet the highest technical specifications, while providing an attractive working environment.
The new Chemistry Building is designed to integrate general teaching and high-level research, and planned to enhance collaboration and creativity. All communicating spaces are designed to promote formal and casual interaction.
The building massing expresses its programmatic organization; the faculty offices are accommodated in the towers facing the Campus woodland, whilst teaching and research laboratories are housed in a deep linear block to the rear. Circulation between these two spaces is via a central glazed atrium. This structure filters natural light into laboratory and conference spaces, becoming the main place of assembly.
The building is located on a ‘gateway’ site, at a promontory over one of the principle entrances to the University Campus. It is a new component of a wider planning effort aiming to consolidate a ‘science neighbourhood’ that would involve all of Princeton’s science buildings. We worked with Boston based firm Payette who were the Architect of Record on this project.
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Tags: New Jersey
Category: Laboratory and Office