Colourful Phase II of John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center completes
Phase II of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center in Bethesda, Maryland (US) is complete. Designed by Perkins+Will, the 320,000 sq ft complex brings together ten research institutes at the forefront of medical development on a single campus with the aim to foster collaboration and bolster medical advancement.
This second stage of the project involves a state-of-the-art facility for biomedical neuroscience research, with flexible laboratory space capable of evolving with the changing demands of scientific research over coming years. This added flexibility also enables the facilities to be utilised by a truly diverse range of academics and specialists.
A light-rich atrium stands at the heart of the building, punctuated with hits of bright colour. Vibrant shades have been used to furnish the atrium space and to distinguish the meeting rooms that project into the void. Perkins+Will states that: “The atrium symbolises and amplifies the energy driving the neuroscience research of the future.”
Other key elements of the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center include a laboratory support spaces, an imaging suite, a vivarium, a cafeteria, and seminar and conference rooms. Externally, the building has been designed to blend seamlessly with the existing campus and neighbouring community with a sleek, angular form.