Forresterhill Biohub to triangulate Aberdeen life sciences
June 4 2019
Intended to facilitate collaboration between industry, researchers and clinicians the building will introduce vital infrastructure to encourage life science companies and specialists to the region.
A fully glazed ground floor atrium will include a ground floor café, meeting spaces and entrance below three levels of private laboratories and ‘shell’ office accommodation - all enclosed within a triangular building bounded by Forresterhill Road and the Gilcomston Burn.
In a design development statement, BDP wrote: “the triangular form, adopted as a response to the site constraints, creates a dramatic ‘prow’ giving the building a strong, distinctive identity.
“We have sought to develop an architectural language that encourages legibility by visually distinguishing between the base and upper floors. The rising landscape allows the base to be nestled into the hillside, while the lab floors sit prominently above.”
Upper levels will be lent vertical emphasis by alternating strips of insulated metal panels and glazing wrapping all three sides, culminating in an all-glass ‘prow’.