UCL (University College London) is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with 11000 staff, 35000 students and an annual income of over £1bn.
University College London, UK
Ian Ritchie Architects
HÅG Capisco Puls
Education & Research
Designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (SWC) is a state-of- the-art research facility leading the way in Neurological research and endeavour. It brings together world-leading scientists to investigate how the brain works, unlocking the mysteries within all our heads.
The design of the building fosters interaction between all the scientists, both theoretical and experimental, with a wide range of specialities and knowledge. The design team collaborated with individuals on all levels to find out how to create an environment which stimulates interactivity, collaboration and interconnectedness.
This resulted in an interior which has designed spaces with high visibility and connectivity, multiple vantage points, various visual volumes and permeability, reflecting the 'scale-free network' of the brain itself.
„The design team worked directly with neuroscientists for over 4 years. We have been learning from each other, architects from scientists and scientists from architects, we have all become neural architects so to speak.”Professor John O’Keefe, SWC Inaugural Director and 2014 Nobel Prize laureate for Medicine or Physiology.Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, University College London
When it came to picking a laboratory chair, the HÅG Capisco Puls was chosen as the task chair for all the research and lab environments. Clean room certified, the HÅG Capisco Puls is a natural choice for lab environments, offering flexibility to move fluidly between workstations, and its unique design enables scientists to sit hunched over microscopes and operating tables for extended periods of time without any physical pain. Its sleek design also means that it doesn't add any visual clutter to the environment, and matches the aesthetics of the interior.
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