Developed with input from scientists, local residents and community groups, the building supports the goals of the institute and promotes public engagement.
Architecturally, there are strong links between the new institute and the historic buildings in the local area. Both the masonry and the distinctive vaulted roof recall features of the adjacent St Pancras International station.
The vaulted roof is arranged into two shells. As well as creating an iconic shape, this conceals the heating and cooling units and incorporates solar panels.
Large cantilevered bay windows along with tall glass atria reduce the impact of the building at street level and maintain natural light in both work and public areas. A third of the building is below ground to reduce its visible mass.
Within the building, the laboratories are arranged over four floors. A typical floor consists of four interconnected blocks which bring together staff working in different fields. The laboratories are designed to be adaptable to change as new scientific opportunities emerge in the future.