Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC
The Michael Smith Laboratories building houses research facilities for the exploration of genomic science and allows collaboration in all areas of the life sciences, including genetic and molecular biology. The typical floor accommodates highly serviced laboratories and naturally ventilated offices in two blocks that are separated by a skylit atrium. The atrium is the focus of communal life in the building and contains food facilities as well as space for informal interaction between researchers and students.
To accommodate a full range of procedures, a standard laboratory module was developed based on the requirements for the highest technological use of that space. This module became a basic laboratory building block that can be modified to suit the unique functional requirements of each research group. The laboratory space has been designed to facilitate the sharing of expensive equipment wherever possible, providing ease of access to these technologies. The highlight of the building is the east wall of the office block, which features a full-width, two-storey-high mural ink-jet-painted onto the glazing that depicts twelve sequences of a DNA helix. It graphically represents the breakthrough in DNA research made by Dr. Smith.
Status: Completed in 2004
Size: 80,000 square feet