Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion
St. Louis, Missouri
This laboratory building expansion supports the research center’s mission to “improve the human condition through plant science.” New facilities for 100 scientists enable world-class research in plant biology, bioenergy, and sustainable agriculture.
Our design team created highly efficient open lab “neighborhoods” directly connected to write-up spaces. Visual connectivity is enhanced with glass partitions, affording transparent views into the labs from the public corridor on the first floor, and opening views to the native gardens and greenhouses on the upper floors. In keeping with the original iconic structure designed by Grimshaw Architects, the addition is a precisely crafted, simple volume comprised of terracotta and glass.