University of California, San Diego, Center for Novel Therapeutics
La Jolla, California
Square Footage: 120,000 square feet
The University of California, San Diego is one of the top 15 research universities in the world. Situated on the Western edge of the University’s Science Research Park, the new Center for Novel Therapeutics seeks to support the successful formation, funding, and growth of private biotech companies. Aimed particularly at start-ups engaged in research and development of therapeutics, diagnostics and interventions with a focus on cancer. The project creates an environment where intellectual collisions happen between the private researchers and the surrounding University researchers accelerating results by cross pollinating people and ideas. Located at the heart of the building, an enclosed atrium greets visitors to the park and serves as a central collaboration spaces with views. At night, the atrium provides a wonderful space for various University and industry events for the entire campus. The program includes wet and dry laboratories, bioengineering core facilities, research support spaces, lecture hall, and offices. The project features bold modern architectural forms that cantilever and shade surrounding outdoor seating areas. As a showcase of sustainability, the atrium will serve as the central lung for the building – filtering air and daylight into the adjacent offices/meeting areas through operable windows in the curtainwall and skylight areas.