THE CARL ICAHN LABORATORYPrinceton, NJ • Rafael Viñoly Architects
The buildings presented here signify a new and radical experiment, finding their inspiration in Kahn’s work. All of them are meant to serve a social, rather than symbolic, function, giving form to the latest high-minded and urbane scientific inquiries: exploring the mysteries of how humans think, how the universe works and the further unraveling of man’s most basic building blocks. Architecture’s task—with its collage of concrete, steel and glass—is to position the scientist in a cultural space (even if the researchers put up a fight). The dream is that they will do away with the drab, often windowless structures where the search for truth often takes place, and introduce an interactive world swathed with natural light, inspiring shapes and the occasional sightline peeking into another colleague’s lab.
How architecture and science will define each other through this encounter is still to be seen, but it begins a dialogue that places architecture in a position to enable science to reach further into the unknown and come up with answers to life’s mysteries. Even more provocative is the possibility that this new architecture may somehow determine or influence the science conducted on the inside.
NEUROSCIENCES INSTITUTELa Jolla, California • Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
STATA CENTER FOR COMPUTER, INFORMATION AND INTELLIGENCE SCIENCESCambridge, Massachusetts • Gehry Partners
BRAIN AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES COMPLEXCambridge, MA • Charles Correa Associates