Perkins+Will to design Northwestern University’s research building in US

12 December 2013 (Last Updated December 12th, 2013 18:30)

Northwestern University in the US has selected Perkins+Will to design the new 600,000ft² biomedical research building for the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Northwestern University in the US has selected Perkins+Will to design the new 600,000ft² biomedical research building for the Feinberg School of Medicine.

The design will create space for collaboration near to Northwestern’s existing facilities, fitting in with the urban setting.

Perkins+Will said it developed the building form and exterior in response to several internal and external factors.

"It will support our research mission and will help us attract the best faculty in the country."

The design includes the creation of laboratory neighborhoods, access to daylight and connection to existing buildings while acknowledging Superior Street as the main corridor for the research campus.

After completion, the facility will feature conferencing suites and lounge areas, collaborative spaces in lab neighborhoods.

Perkins+Will global design director Ralph Johnson said: "The inspiration from day one was the lab plan for the building. It wasn’t creating a sculpture and fitting in the plan. It’s all about the research and the labs and that’s the generator of the idea."

The facility will play an important role in the university’s research facilities and serve as the hub for research and development.

Northwestern University vice president for medical affairs and the Lewis Landsberg Dean of Feinberg Eric Neilson said: "Perkins+Will has designed a building that will be both very functional and will also have great internal spaces that will encourage collaboration among our researchers. It will support our research mission and will help us attract the best faculty in the country."