The theme of exciting researchers and clinicians in their quest to cure blindness inspired a design to humanize the clinical experience and advance research and education. Designers considered the built environment as catalyst to accelerate ground-breaking discoveries—shared and interconnected spaces strengthen physical relationships between building user groups, who use a translational research model to bring research discoveries to the clinic and return clinical insights to the lab. On each laboratory floor, support spaces are centralized, leaving the light-filled perimeter for lab benches. Common spaces and open circulation encourage active communication between the researchers and clinicians. The building expansion project also includes a pediatric eye clinic, offices, a 126-seat auditorium and a resource center/library. The aesthetics and materiality of an entry courtyard extend to the lobby to create an indoor/outdoor gathering place that welcomes daily encounters and accommodates lecture hall crowds.
Durham, North Carolina