i3 Illumina Campus
i3 Illumina Campus

i3 Illumina Campus

San Diego, California
Redefining the Research Park

A new architectural icon in the University Town Centre area is redefining the traditional notion of a corporate research park in both form and function.  Designed as three trapezoidal, all-white concrete buildings, the new BioMed Realty i3 Campus is now the home of leading genomics research and life sciences company, Illumina.

The three buildings form a large outdoor courtyard that is interconnected to create a work/play experience unlike any other research park environment.  Dramatic white concrete and glass cantilevers create iconic views of the campus from the outside while internally framing the upper-level collaboration terraces and outdoor staircases.

The project’s interior design was inspired by Illumina’s “work anywhere” culture, enabling staff to work wherever they feel most comfortable at any time of day. The campus is 100 percent wireless and provides a variety of work areas to accommodate different work styles and preferences.

i3 Illumina third floor open office with view to courtyard.
Direct visual connection to the courtyard and openness were drivers of the interior design.
Third floor open office.
i3 Illumina cafe terrace with vegetation and outdoor seating.
The open office environment is far from traditional, offering unparalleled access to daylight and views with generous ceiling heights and floor to ceiling glass that orients employees to the lush courtyard at the heart of the campus.
Workplace Design

The campus offers a variety of unique spaces offering choice and flexibility to suit individual working styles and personal preferences.  Employees can choose to settle into a workstation within the open office, retreat to a private phone room for a call, catch up on e-mail in a bustling café, or have a team meeting in the middle of an active courtyard space.

i3 Illumina Employee Cafe
The Cafe features warm natural materials. Wood and felt accent the polished and exposed white concrete.
i3 Illumina Man on Phone in Conference Room

The project offers generous amenities to support the health and well-being of Illumina employees.  The ground floor features a fitness center and yoga studio directly adjacent to a farm-to-table restaurant and juice bar.  The central courtyard offers a park-like setting featuring an herb garden and bocce ball court where employees can enjoy tranquility and leisure in the temperate climate year round.  Natural ventilation is achieved through operable windows, while exterior stairs afford convenient access to the courtyard and encourage occupants to bypass the elevator.

i3 Illumina large reception desk in main entry
"Together with Perkins&Will, we breathed new life into an undervalued site, and delivered fresh, creative and eco-friendly thinking to attract a world class tenant and exemplifies our goal of building science around a park, not a parking lot."

– Kevin Tremblay, Senior Director of Leasing, BMR

i3 Illumina outdoor courtyard in the center of campus b
The south courtyard passage.
i3 Illumina campus at night, illuminated by interior lights
Entry forecourt is illuminated at night with sculptural planters.
i3 Illumina east facing building suspend over lush green landscape
The east-facing building features forms of architectural concrete that cantilever over the landscape.

Project Team

Kay Kornovich
Ryan Bussard