Life Sciences Building

Life Sciences Building

Life Sciences Building (c) Edmund Sumner

Architect: NBBJ

Client: University of Southampton

Photographer: Edmund Sumner

In bringing together students and academics from the two Schools of Medicine and Biological Sciences, with additional research groups from the School of Electronics and Computer Science, the building reflects the University’s cross-disciplinary research vision.
Each part of the building is rationally and efficiently laid out with multiple views across the atrium and into the various other functions. But it is the irregular spaces between these elements, together with the half levels formed by the taller laboratory spaces, which make this building particularly memorable.

Areas are naturally ventilated where they can be and thermal mass is exposed to create a comfortable working environment. The building is active at every level – well lit, with intriguing perspectives and it works well environmentally and just as importantly acoustically.

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