Allen Institute for Brain Science


Seattle, Washington

Project Info
Allen Institute for Brain Science
Seattle, Washington
Completion Date: 2015
Square Footage: 280,000

AIA Seattle Honor Awards, Honorable Mention, 2016
NAIOP Washington, Technology/Live Sciences Development of the Year, 2016
ENRNorthwest, Best Project in Higher Education and Research, 2016
AGC Build Washington Awards, 2016

The Allen Institute for Brain Science was designed to embody a research philosophy founded on team science, big science and open science with a mission to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease.

The design inspiration was to create a research environment that encourages collaborative interaction to facilitate rapid advancements in brain research. Conventional research buildings lack transparency and connection among users and the outside world. In contrast, this innovative design is organized as “petals” of functional spaces arrayed around a central atrium that visually and spatially connects the various activities and maximizes daylight and views. This organization naturally bring groups together and fosters a sense of community and exposes research activities with transparent labs that can be viewed from the interior and exterior. The design’s holistic approach to sustainable and high performance features achieved LEED Gold certification without compromising the scientific research mission.

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