With a highly-mediated state-of-the-art 250-seat auditorium, large arcades and shaded entry, this is an important gathering place to communicate the exciting activities within to the larger community.
The goals of collaboration were paramount to the design. Scientists and engineers meet within the five-story, naturally-lit atrium (starting at the third floor) on a series of "living rooms in the sky".
The atrium serves as a bridge between labs and offices, encouraging chance encounters. This vessel of natural light connects all of these floors visually, psychologically, and physically with open stairways, lounges and meeting spaces.