Molecular Probes is a biotech research firm that creates specialty dyes for cellular studies. We were approached to assist the client's transition from a start-up entity to an industry leader for research and development. The initial laboratory project, completed in 1998, replaced outdated facilities with modern workplaces designed to attract and retain leading scientists. Our site-wide design concept established a framework for future buildings organized around a central courtyard, creating an inward-focused research campus.
The new corporate office headquarters reinforces staff interaction by placing the main public spaces, lobby, boardroom, and lunchroom directly on a shared courtyard. Campus continuity is achieved through a common palette of materials, building forms, and roof shapes. Transparent glass public spaces intersect with brick-faced office areas, creating open meeting places that foster interaction between researchers and corporate staff. Natural light permeates the building through open office planning and glazed corridor walls. The combination of brick and light glass creates an open and inviting work environment. Accentuated roof forms extend over the building, providing a visual dialogue between buildings. The result is an interactive series of interior and exterior spaces, culminating in a vibrant community for researchers.