New York Stem Cell Foundation, Research Institute Laboratory

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New York Stem Cell Foundation, Research Institute Laboratory

The New York Stem Cell (NYSCF) Research Institute, for interdisciplinary translational research, exemplifies the integration of architecture and science to create a state-of-the-art facility that supports and showcases the Foundation’s cutting edge research.

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NYSCF relocated  its expanded research and administrative operations to a new 40,000 square-foot facility on two floors of a 1929 manufacturing building located in midtown’s far west side. 

The working stem cell laboratory is located at the heart of the plan, separated by glass from the circulation and administration areas allowing natural light from the perimeter to penetrate into this central research space.

The central north-south circulation path (the Gallery) serves as a spine through the laboratory floor, bridging office program at either end, defining support spaces and featuring tours surrounding the clean-air laboratory. 

The use of glass in the design creates a visual connection between the Foundation’s two complementary functions – administration and research. Transparency allows NYSCF staff, visitors and supporters to observe and participate in the scientific process without physically entering the lab or disrupting the research activity. 

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An open stair leads to a large commons area on the Second Floor, designed to accommodate informal gathering for collaborative exchange and interaction between staff and scientists, colleagues and invited guests. 

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The new, flexibly configured lecture space will serve not only the NYSCF community but also allow them to host external meetings and symposia for scientists and innovators from all over the world. The commons area includes conference rooms, a pantry, dining space, casual social space as well as the large flexible lecture hall. 

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New York, NY
40,000 GSF
Research, Lab fit-out, stand-alone MEP equipment, infrastructure, administrative office, commons and collaborative spaces


Duncan Hazard
Project Manager
Lois Mate
Project Designer
Marc Schaut
Project Architect
Todd Van Varick
Design Team
Anna Baez
Suzanne Troiano


Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Jacobs Consultancy
Severud Associates
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
LightBox Studios
Cerami & Associates, Inc.
Construction Manager
Hunter Roberts Construction Group
Building Owner
Taconic Investment Partners
Aislinn Weidele