miercuri, 3 iunie 2009


UCSF facility opening marks another milestone in RVA’s history of biomedical research and healthcare design

SAN FRANCISCO - Rafael Viñoly Architects announces the completion of the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building at the University of California, San Francisco. The facility opened yesterday, June 2, 2009.

Designed to encourage interaction and collaboration among three different cancer-related research programs, the five-story building mediates the city/campus transition with two interlocking L-shaped masses above a stone base at street level, providing approximately 162,000 gross square feet. The facility’s program includes research laboratories, faculty offices, conference rooms, open break rooms and lounges, a seminar room, an atrium, lobby and rooftop terraces.

The building’s functional order develops around a sky-lit, multi-story atrium located between the lab and office blocks. This open interior space becomes the focus of the facility, providing for building circulation and public functions. Terraced floor levels are linked by a series of bridges and cascading stairways. Glass guardrails serve to maximize a sense of openness. Amenities such as break rooms and conference rooms are located around the periphery on each floor. Rafael Viñoly Architects’ design encourages maximum interaction, integrating the atrium into all aspects of the scientists’ daily life. This increased connectivity in and across the atrium improves flexibility in assigning lab and office spaces, and handling expansion or contraction in various research programs by allowing programs to conveniently spread across one or more floors.

Laboratories feature an open, flexible bench environment. This model is designed to serve future replanning needs, as they arise, by incorporating custom.

Rafael Viñoly Architects

Founded in New York in 1983, Rafael Viñoly Architects now has offices in London, Los Angeles and the Middle East. Internationally known for architectural projects around the globe, the firm has designed many landmark cultural and civic complexes as well as institutional buildings and master plans. Over the past quarter century, the practice has continually demonstrated its ability to reinvent institutional typologies and integrate the public realm into civic buildings.

The unusually diverse work the firm has completed includes award-winning courthouses, museums, performing arts centers, convention centers, athletic facilities, banks, hotels, laboratories, recreational venues, residential commissions, and commercial, industrial and educational facilities. Projects range in scale from lab casework to urban design and master planning. The firm has also completed several projects involving the restoration and expansion of large-scale buildings of significant historical and architectural value.

The firm’s staff of over 170 design professionals, including architects, structural engineers, interior designers, computer visualization specialists, model makers, artists, and fabricators, has the capacity, structure, and experience to assume complex projects of any scale.

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