Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Janelia Farm Research Campus

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project at a glance

Designed by signature architect, Rafael Vinoly, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a life sciences research campus made up of a web of buildings which follow the natural contours of the site. The centerpiece building, a 610,000 square foot research building, is terraced into the hillside and features a 180,000 square foot landscaped roof garden. Additionally, the project included a conference hotel, townhouses and apartments for researchers and visitors.

The challenge for the research building was its shape: rather than constructing the building on an open field, the designers created a three story, S-shaped structure. The facility incorporated structural glass, including three 900-foot long corridors with glass at the front, back and roof. 

The entire campus project was built using a phased construction schedule, beginning with the research building, followed by the hotel and residential projects. All phases were completed at the same time. 

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