A division of New York University’s Department of Biology, the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology focuses on the study of information encoded in the genetic material of organisms and how it directs the organization and function of living systems. The University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology is comprised of a new 49,000-square-foot, 10-story research laboratory building accompanying an existing 6-story facility. Designed by Ennead Architects, the Center includes research laboratories, a vivarium, bioinformatics stations, a 100-person meeting room, offices, classrooms, and a 150-seat auditorium.
Poulin + Morris collaborated with the New York University team and the project architect in developing a comprehensive environmental graphics, wayfinding, and donor recognition program for the Center. A vertical plane of glass connecting the two buildings serves as an orienting device throughout the interior and exterior of the facility. Sculptural glass letterforms identify the Center on this central translucent glass wall which is visible to passersby through the main lobby windows. Graphic patterns based on a genome map etched into the glass serve as a striking visual theme throughout the building as well as along the Center’s ground-level, exterior windows, providing additional identification and branding.
The designers have continued to work with New York University on several projects including new and renovated spaces for their Bobst Library, Center for the College of Arts and Science, Departments of Economics and Politics, Department of Journalism, Department of Philosophy, Gallatin School for Individualized Study, Office of Planning and Construction, College of Nursing, Silver Towers, Washington Square Village, and the Welcome Center for the Washington Square campus.
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New York University Center for Genomics and Systems Biology
New York, New York
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