Diamond Schmitt Architects has designed a research laboratory space for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) at the MaRS West Tower in Toronto. The project includes new flexible wet and dry laboratories for genomics and informatics research and a statement staircase, by EeStairs, to inspire interaction among staff.
“Interconnectivity is at the heart of this project,” said Peggy Theodore, Associate at Diamond Schmitt Architects. “From work stations to the shared amenity space, the interior of the new OICR has been carefully designed to encourage researchers to co-operate, communicate and share ideas in the battle against cancer.”
The sixth floor wet labs are set out in a modular format with open concept island benches where researchers are able to work together and pool their expertise. Support labs and centralized equipment, including facilities for tissue and bacterial culture, ultra-low temperature freezer facilities and microscopy, sit alongside the wet labs for convenient access.
Acoustic wood and perforated gypsum ceilings reflect the commitment to creating the best work environment, whether the space will be used for research, meetings or as a social space. Centrally positioned meeting rooms, kitchen areas, a library and social spaces provide staff with areas to interact. Where possible all workspaces have been positioned with exterior views, flooding the workspaces with natural light.