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Architects Design Futuristic Research Facility Enveloped In Silver Alucobond PLUS

Robert H N Ho Research Centre, British Columbia, Canada, MCMP Architects,CEI Architecture, Keith Panel Systems, Alucobond PLUS

Project Name: Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre
Project Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Alucobond Materials: Alucobond® PLUS Sunrise Silver, Silver Metallic, and Custom Red
Architect: MCMP Architects
Collaborative Architect: HDR/CEI Architecture
Fabricator: Keith Panel Systems
Images: © Howard Waisman

CEI Architecture and Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership (MCMP) Architects collaborated on a 65,000 square foot research facility back in 2012. The Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre in British Columbia, Canada is part of the Vancouver General Hospital campus. The center focuses primarily on hip health and prostate research and is a $32 million investment.

The project is an addition to the Jack Bell facility, which also focuses on prostate research. The buildings are connected and the Robert H.N. Ho building was strategically designed within a narrow site.

Robert H N Ho Research Centre, British Columbia, Canada, MCMP Architects,CEI Architecture, Keith Panel Systems, Alucobond PLUS

The narrow landscape the architects worked within required continuity between the Robert Ho and Jack Bell facilities. For the buildings to share this connectivity, each floor was matched to height. The architects at CEI further describe, “…A full-height atrium separates the buildings while providing access to light, common social gathering spaces, and direct functional connections.”

Robert H N Ho Research Centre, British Columbia, Canada, MCMP Architects,CEI Architecture, Keith Panel Systems, Alucobond PLUS

The seven-story facility features research laboratories, office and collaborative workspaces and social spaces as well. CEI Architecture served as the building’s Prime Architectural Consultant; working mostly on the functionality of the laboratories and interior design aspects.

The team completed a series of tasks to ensure that the building met the primary needs of its users. For instance, the architects visited various research facilities around the area to influence their design. The result was a building that redefined both the traditional research facility and workspace. Additionally, the team worked closely with the building’s users, the over 150 clinicians, scientists and staff, to determine specific needs and then dictated an integrated design that met them.

Robert H N Ho Research Centre, British Columbia, Canada, MCMP Architects,CEI Architecture, Keith Panel Systems, Alucobond PLUS

To ensure a positive and productive work environment, the designers specified natural light as a priority; ensuring workers have continuous access to daylight, which is proven to provide a healthier work place.

Robert H N Ho Research Centre, British Columbia, Canada, MCMP Architects,CEI Architecture, Keith Panel Systems, Alucobond PLUS

The architects at MCMP designed the facility’s extraordinary exterior with the help of the fabricators at Keith Panel Systems (KPS). The building is completely encased in Alucobond PLUS aluminum composite panels. Three finishes were chosen to create the futuristic exterior: Sunrise Silver, Silver Metallic, and Custom Red. The use of a silver cladding material allows the distinctive façade to emerge from its surroundings and showcase the innovative research within.

Robert H N Ho Research Centre, British Columbia, Canada, MCMP Architects,CEI Architecture, Keith Panel Systems, Alucobond PLUS

KPS fabricated the seamless exterior design utilizing their flagship System A-Plus. This rainscreen system, originally created in the mid 1980’s, has continuously adapted to North American climate needs and complex geometries.

Photography courtesy of © Howard Waisman

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