Adding identity to Life Science Incubator Utrecht University


With its wide variety of distinct buildings, the Utrecht Science Park is a microcosm of modern architecture. To fit within its surroundings, Mecanoo architects designed the Life Sciences Incubator (LSI) as a sophisticated building with horizontal layers, while the detailed glazed façade adds a unique touch.

The LSI is a business centre for start-ups in the bioscience field and will consist of both laboratories and offices. A special feature in the design is the light, central atrium. The ensemble of bridges and staircases with integrated meeting spots has been designed to promote cooperation.

SILO is currently working with Mecanoo on spatial graphic concepts for the glass walls around the central atrium, regulating privacy and adding personality and identity to the interior of the building.

The sustainability score and life cycle costs for each design decision is exemplified by the solar controlled glazing and sloping facades. Which have a positive impact on the sustainability performance and life cycle costs, whilst also contributing to the transparent appearance of the building. The LSI is intended to be the first laboratory building qualifying for BREEAM Outstanding certification in the Netherlands.

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