Dedicated to anticancer drug research, Arizona State University’s Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is on the main campus in Tempe. The CRI consists of 55 scientists, students and support staff. The new institute consolidates the fragmented natural products, chemistry and biology departments at one location. The two-story modular brick building consists of sophisticated COST PER SQ FT$148.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio labs on each floor, which promote interaction among researchers, and a basement that houses mechanical systems.
A key challenge in designing the building was to create contrast between the CRI and nearby buildings, while blending it with the widely acclaimed campus. The solution was a glass curtainwall designed to signal the entrance to the new facility and distinguish it from nearby buildings. The wall opens into a lobby/reception area and conference area. The remainder of the building is dedicated to lab space designed to promote daylight through the use of large windows. The interior design creates a high-tech yet comfortable environment with tile flooring, wood-paneled doors and brushed-aluminum accents.
With its new customized work environment, this world-class research institute is well-prepared to discover life-saving cures for cancer.
Photographer: ©Al Payne