Researching is both an individual and a team process. Research is both communicating results and sharing processes.
Investigating requires closed workspaces but also spaces for concerted and spontaneous communication. Research is a changing procedure that needs flexible spaces without hierarchy, which allow different processes to be accommodated.
A research centre must be a place for exploration, a place of meeting, relationships and communication between researchers. A research building should support the scientific community rather than provide a space for it. This is why the building of a research centre must be a flexible structure that enables the work of different groups and that, at the same time, favours interaction between those research groups. These interrelationships must be facilitated by the design of the facility, in every space in the building: not only in the research spaces but also in lobbies, patios, circulations, terraces or restaurants.
The functions of a scientific building are changing and adaptation of image, spatial, technical or organizational is essential. There must be permanent flexibility in all spaces to allow different degrees of functionality. As in hospitals and nursing homes, laboratories must start from flexible functional programs that let spaces transform as needed.
The dimensions and the relations between the spaces allow these modifications. A good research centre must have critical dimensions for its operating potential can be excellent. Likewise, in this sense, clarity in the structure and position of the equipment is essential.
Very flexible and very sophisticated spaces must be created from an environmental and energetic point of view. Laboratories must be safe, modern and functional spaces, adapted to the functions and productions that are expected to be carried out, and with expectations of growth and transformation. Costs, times and human resources must be optimized from the architectural design itself.
The design and execution of this type of architectural project require multidisciplinary work that recognizes the different spatial elements and the various technological variables. It is important to observe and understand the local legal and regulatory frameworks for an adequate design of this type of infrastructure, to know the rapid advances in health sciences, and to investigate materials and forms of prefabricated construction. The design of this type of facility requires constant research and the evolution of knowledge from the design phase, to implement valid and sustainable solutions in a field with constant challenges.
The design of this type of building requires the involvement of various professions and entities, from administrators, maintenance engineers, quality control and certification teams, and even end-users themselves. For this reason, Pinearq has implemented a work methodology that allows the collaboration of all parties, with the ultimate intention of taking into account every need to simplify the process and avoid confusion.
Buildings specializing in research are usually centres with a high environmental and aesthetic impact in the places where they are located. Therefore, the contextualization of the building with the environment is essential to reduce the impact. The balance between the needs raised by the actors involved in the design will make it possible to specify a project that meets the expectations of the client, future users and the city.
We look for buildings of high architectural quality that make up the city and participate in the consolidation of the urban and landscape fabric. Likewise, the shape and materials of the research buildings must give a sense of community, adapt to the environment and foster relationships with the context activities.