Global architecture firm perkins + will has completed a state-of-the-art research center in seattle’s south lake union neighborhood. the 270,000 square foot building is home to the allen institute for brain science and the allen institute for cell science.
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Internally, labs, offices and open work spaces are organized as a series of ‘petals’ grouped around a six-storey light-filled atrium. cantilevered into this atrium are glass walled collaboration pods outfitted with soft seating and whiteboards for spontaneous meetings and discussions.
Teams at the allen institute will grow during the next several years. currently at nearly 300 full-time employees, the new facility will allow the institute to expand to roughly 500 full-time members of staff.
‘twelve years ago, we began as a small office building with big ambitions to understand how the brain works,’ said paul. g. allen, philanthropist and founder of the allen institute. ‘we started by building a map of the locations where all the genes in the mouse brain are expressed –something that had never been done before– and since then, our scientific goals have expanded dramatically. the move to this new, state-of-the-art complex is the next step in our effort to make an even larger global impact on research into the brain. I’m incredibly excited for what lies ahead at the allen institute and proud of the ground-breaking work being done by our growing and dedicated team.’