The laboratory building itself is an integration of building and garden, with a main entrance opening up to an internal courtyard. While the office and lab space limit access to associated scientists and staffs, the courtyard space is open to the entire campus community. The laboratory building, along with a one story building that serves as restaurant for the entire campus and covered walkways, surrounds the landscape courtyard.
The result is a flexible open lab concept, where lab and non-lab spaces are integrated by a series of centralized ‘living rooms’ (communal spaces); the reinforced concrete building structure opens up in the center to form a centralized staircase, which acts as a communication hub and library spaces.
Terracotta tiles are used on the building exterior, as both the cladding of the wall panels and the louvered sun-shading device. Laminated bamboo panel is widely used internally, which is a recyclable natural material.