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Howard Hughes Medical Complex, Ashburn, Virginia, United States

Thursday 28 Sep 2006

Move over salk… here comes janelia

Howard Hughes Medical Complex by Rafael Vinoly Architects PC in Ashburn, Virginia, United States
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A new model for a scientific research campus to open in Virginia 

A new Research Campus for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects of NewYork, is set to open on 5 October 2006. Called Janelia Farm, the 740,411 square foot campus, which is situated 281-acres of heavily wooded land along the Potomac River in Asburn, Virginia, is, according to its architect, “a first-of-its-kind complex”. Vinoly said in a press release that the “complex transforms accepted patterns of scientific research and typical designs for lab buildings. “All aspects of the research center- the programs, the people, the design of the buildings and infrastructure- will stimulate the multi-disciplinary, team-driven research needed to advance medical science.” The Janelia Farm Complex includes a laboratory building, conference guest rooms and apartments for visiting scientists. The project’s centerpiece is a 1,000- foot–long, terraced and flexible laboratory building with an undulating façade that appears as three sinuous ribbons on the landscape.

Sharon McHugh
WAN US Correspondent

Key Facts

Status Design
Value 394(m€)
Rafael Vinoly Architects PC

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