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PLP Architecture: the FRANCIS CRICK INSTITUTE by HOK
The Francis Crick Institute by HOK

The Francis Crick Institute is an ambitious project to create a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation in the heart of London .

The Francis Crick Institute by HOK

The building design encourages the sharing of knowledge and collaboration, distinguishing the Francis Crick Institute from other research facilities and helping to attract the world’s most talented scientists.

The Francis Crick Institute by HOK

Located in the heart of London, the institute is a landmark partnership between the UK’s three largest funders of biomedical research: the Medical Research Council; Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust and three of its leading universities: UCL; Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Francis Crick Institute by HOK

Scientists will carry out discovery biomedical research to help better understand why disease develops and to find new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat a range of illnesses. As lead architect, HOK designed a world-class scientific facility that encourages collaboration and innovation.

The Francis Crick Institute by HOK

The interior balances the need to provide formal research areas with a mix of informal break-out areas designed to draw together people from different organizations. An auditorium, exhibition area and teaching lab located adjacent to the main entrance underline the Crick’s fundamental ethos of collaboration, communication and community engagement.

The Francis Crick Institute by HOK

Developed in collaboration with PLP Architecture, the design of the building exterior responds to the area’s architectural heritage while respecting the residential community. Both the masonry and the distinctive vaulted roof recall features of the adjacent St. Pancras International station.

The Francis Crick Institute by HOK

The large, cantilevered bay windows along with the tall glass atria reduce the impact of the building at street level and provide natural light in work and public areas. “Buildings cannot cure cancer or solve the threat from antibiotic-resistant diseases, ” wrote Rich Heap on UBM’s Future cities website.

The Francis Crick Institute by HOK

“But the design of buildings can help the scientists who try to. That is the hope of the six partners behind the Francis Crick Institute in London — known as‘The Crick’ for short. This institute is set to be the biggest centre for biomedical research in Europe when it opens, due in 2015.”

The Francis Crick Institute by HOK
The Francis Crick Institute by HOK
The Francis Crick Institute by HOK
The Francis Crick Institute by HOK
The Francis Crick Institute by HOK
The Francis Crick Institute by HOK

Location: London, UK
Architects: HOK
Partners: PLP Architecture
Size: 635,000 sq. ft. / 59,000 sq. m.
Year: 2014
Client: The Francis Crick Institute