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National Laboratory of Genomics / TEN Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 27 April, 2010
National Laboratory of Genomics / TEN Arquitectos
National Laboratory of Genomics / TEN Arquitectos, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Irapuato, Guanajuato. Mexico
  • Architect

    TEN Arquitectos/Enrique Norten
  • Project Team

    Enrique Norten, Salvador Arroyo, Victoria Grossi, Verónica Chávez, Carlos Marin, Mateo Riestra, Ernesto Orrante, Ricardo Orozco, Alejandro Mantecón, Gabriela Puente, Dionisio Arras, Uvaldo Arenas
  • Structure

    Colinas de Buen, SA de CV, Ing. Óscar de Buen
  • Mep

    DIIN, SA de CV. Ing. Alejandro Borboa
  • Client

    National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity
  • Year Of Design

    2005-2007
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

From the architect. Located in the Bajio, Mexico’s breadbasket, the National Laboratory of Genomics is an extension of the Institute of Agricultural Studies. The location and geology of the site—an empty field with a fault line deep below—gave rise to the metaphor that defines the form of the building: an inscribed line divides the program in half, with the laboratories on one side and the administrative and auditorium spaces on the other, and also delineates the public areas. This constructed fault line forms an intimate civic space that connects the different programs.

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

The project is nestled into a built-up artificial topography, a new terrain that manifests the nature of the work inside the institution. The laboratories are absorbed into the site, evident predominantly as a series of terraces that modulate transitions between interior and exterior, lab and field. Voids cut into the landscape create secluded patios, bringing light into the building. The embedded laboratories provide private and isolated spaces for research and also insulated and easily controlled environments for testing. In contrast, the administrative and auditorium spaces assert the presence of the technical and the social.

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

The transparency and precision of the facades bring the landscape into the building, yet the contrast between structure and surroundings is an uncompromising reminder of the role of engineering and high technology in the study of genomics. The almost camouflaged effect of the entire project gently integrates building and site; at the same time, it lends an air of intrigue to the activities within.

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa
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16 Comments

BG · July 27, 2016

too bad the cover photo doesn't exactly do justice to the rest of the project

enorten tenarqs · February 05, 2011

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chw1982 · June 11, 2010

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Nicolas · April 28, 2010

what a good use of the landscape and topography. And it's also good to see more and more projects done in ArchiCAD, it's a program i truly recommnend.

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Ulises · April 27, 2010

Beautiful project.

Michael Garcia Novak · April 27, 2010

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bts · April 27, 2010

Or is there other values in having such tall buildings?

@sugumar, I think its about the earth as a datum in section. The inhabiting the earth, and the floating above the earth.

Nice diagram

PP · April 27, 2010

Nice stuff...
congratulations!

Mark Gardner · April 27, 2010

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Bocetos Digitales · April 27, 2010

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Javier Moras · April 27, 2010

This project is very interesting. I was near the construction team, so I could see the problems caused by the lack of a final design by the architect and the client was forced to get someone to finish the project development, and that we only give a preliminary draft. There is also the fact that he never thought about the size of the teams which will be located within the building and its facilities, which originated in the final cost so this rise more than expected. A project very interesting aesthetically but in its function leave much to be desired.

Sugumar · April 27, 2010

With tall buildings, even official premises, I wonder how the utilization works!
Is it pure aesthetics? Or is there other values in having such tall buildings?

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