Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England
RMJM was appointed by the Medical Research Council in 2005 to design a new building for the world-famous Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Addenbrookes in Cambridge, UK. The new facility will provide highly flexible laboratory space for 400 researchers, many of whom are world leaders in their field and responsible for groundbreaking discoveries and inventions including the structure of DNA and DNA sequencing.
The design concept for the 24,000 sqm laboratory is based on the 'X' form of dividing cells which will create three main areas linked by a unifying central space that will become an active hub at the heart of the building. This space has an important role to play, encouraging interaction between the different research groups and reinforcing the sense of togetherness within the research community. The project is scheduled for completion early 2012.