Impressive, architecturally original and functional headquarters of the National Graphene Institute - a research institute in Manchester that deals with research on graphene.
National Graphene Institute
estico + Whiles
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NATIONAL GRAPHENE INSTITUTE
Country: UK, EnglandLocation: Manchester Purpose: science, educationMain Contractor: BAM ConstructArchitect: Jestico + Whiles Our contribution:
Full engineering & design, workshop and execution documentation
Contract value: £ 2.5MComplete: 2013-2015
National Graphene Institute is a research facility of
University of Manchester, who conducts research on graphene.
The development of the building in which the institute is situated,
begun in 2013 and finished in 2015.
Development of the institute, including the construction works, costed
£ 61 million. The building, financed by the UK government (£ 38 million) and
the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union (£ 23 million), is
the national center of graphene research. The building was opened on March 20,
2015 by the then Chancellor of the Treasury, George Osborne.
The architectural office Jestico + Whiles collaborated with Nobel
laureate professor Konstantin Nowoselow, who, together with Andre Geim,
isolated graphene for the first time at the University of Manchester in 2004.
The 5-storey, compact building with glass façade, provides 7,600 square meters
of research area including 1,500 square meters sterile laboratory rooms. The
largest laboratory is located on the entire lower ground floor (to minimize
vibrations). The ceiling of the room is cleverly sloped around the perimeter,
allowing scientists to be seen from the walkway outside the building. Inside of the building there are also laser, optical, metrology and
chemical laboratories, offices, a seminar room and living space for students
and employees. An interesting solution is the roof terrace, which has 21
different species of grasses and flowers planted to attract bees and other
species of pollinators. The exterior of the building consists of a composite
cladding with an exterior stainless steel "curtain". Offices and the laboratories are connected on every floor in order to
provide the individual research teams with the facilities needed for coherent
operation in one area. The Graphene Institute building it is surrounded by an ergonomic inner
shell consisting of a composite system of cladding panels, which provides
resistance to weather conditions and thermal insulation. Connected to this inner
shell is an outer "veil" made of stainless steel, which wraps around
the various elements of the building continuously to ensure a uniform texture
and a consistent, flowing shape. The outer façade consists of hundreds of black mirror stainless steel
panels, each containing thousands of perforations that form the equations used
in graphene research.
The development started in March 2013 and finished in 2015. The cost
of the building was approx. £ 30m and it was built by the Bam Construct. The
structural design was developed by the Ramboll company. The design work was
managed by EC Harris, together with CH2M Hill, which provided specialized
technical architecture design services for rooms and laboratories.
MAS Design as an independent office has been present on the market since 2013. MAS Design is a leading design office in Poland implementing projects in the BIM formula. Our management team has over 15 years of experience in the facade cladding industry, collected while designing and implementatingthe facades.