A state of the art research facility: The brief was to create a research campus for a pharmaceutical and polymer industry. All aspects from initial research, formulation, application and packaging were studied and the programmatic, spatial and equipment requirements were understood in order to provide for an appropriate work environment.
The Site was an industrial building with large floor plates of 20000 sq ft each on 4 floors with poor natural light penetration. The first architectural intervention was to create a central atrium that allowed for better day lighting and connectivity throughout the building. Spatial organisation was done in a manner to accommodate all common facilities in the basement such as documentation, library, cafe etc. and the ground floor would accommodate administrative and hazardous (with explosive gases or areas with high pressure applications) areas. The first and second floors housed the research laboratories.
All activities were designed in a manner so that they would be visible to all, hence leading to better visual integration and a safer environment. International standards on gas and utility piping were followed for easy maintenance and safety.