Univ. of Wash. Genomics Life Sci.
Seattle, WA, United States
Anshen + Allen, Los Angeles, CA
The design phase of the University of Washington's Bioengineering and Genome Sciences Buildings had already begun when university administrators received a $70 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to aid in genomic research. This transformed the original blueprint for architects and administrators, who could expand their plans for the state-of-the-art facility.
The final product is the 296,000 square foot William H. Foege complex: a two-building facility connected by a four-story pedestrian bridge that includes seating and eating areas to encourage interaction between the buildings.
To clad the project, architects chose to work with terracotta panels by NBK, a Hunter Douglas Company. "Brick-colored terracotta tile panels will relate the exterior to other UW campus buildings,"said Paul Zajfen, design partner at architecture firm Anshen + Allen Los Angeles, adding that while it provided continuity, terracotta also gave a look that was "more modern."
In addition to aesthetics, the architects chose NBK terracotta panels because they are extremely durable and create a pressure-equalized rainscreen that prevents water from penetrating the building envelope -- an essential feature in the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest.
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