Neural Architects

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre from Idea to Reality

Georgina Ferry

Neural Architects

Georgina Ferry

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

196 pages | 100 color plates and halftones | 8 1/4 x 9 3/4
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781910787489 Published August 2017 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Neural Architects documents a unique collaboration between a leading architectural practice, Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd, and neuroscientists, which resulted in the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre at University College London, a state of the art research laboratory and new architectural icon.
 
In their work, Ian Ritchie and his architectural team swept away all preconceptions about how to design a laboratory. Instead, they visited neuroscientists around the world, gaining an intimate understanding of the way they use and construct the spaces around them. Through continuing dialogue, the design team imagined the new lab from the inside out and created adaptable, interconnected spaces to foster interactions between researchers from different disciplines.
 
Based on interviews with the architects and researchers involved and illustrated throughout with photographs and renderings, this book gives a rare inside view of the process of creating a highly specialized building.
 
Contents
Forewords:
David Sainsbury
Sir William Castell
Journey to the Centres of the Brain
Origins of the SWC
The Space Between
Learning about Laboratories
Into the Workshop
Science and Architecture in Dialogue
Inside Out
The Design Emerges
An Intelligent Look
The SWC Faces in the World
Moving In
The Laboratory Comes to Life
Timeline
Building Credits
Acknowledgements and Image Credits
Glossary/Index
 
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