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Fueling Discovery: The New Allen Institute Building

12/2/2015

Fueling Discovery: The New Allen Institute Building

12/2/2015

​​​Three years ago, the Allen Institute for Brain Science and Vulcan Real Estate​ announced that they were partnering to bring the Institute's headquarters to the heart of Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. The decision followed the Allen Institute's announcement earlier that spring that it plans to double its staff and significantly expand its scientific programs, thanks to $300 million in new funding from Paul Allen.
 
The new six story 270,000 square-foot building is home to custom-designed robotic systems, automated technologies, wet and dry lab spaces and all the high-powered computing hardware and software necessary for processing petabytes of research data.
 
While the building is a state-of-the-art facility, it marries new with old.  The building's innovative architecture arranges research and open work spaces in a series of "petals" grouped around a light-filled central atrium. Two "rings" of circulation create social and visual connections within the Institute and to the city, maximizing opportunities for daylight, interaction and collaboration. The design incorporates historic elements of the Ford and Pacific McKay buildings, including the terra cotta facades from the early twentieth century that were disassembled, restored and reinstalled.​
 
 
 

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