Marks Laboratory for Neuron Imaging

New laser technologies have enabled scientists to examine the functioning of neurons in the living brain. The technology is changing rapidly, so the laboratories in this building need to be as open and flexible as possible. All lab equipment in this new building can be rearranged on short notice, and all utilities are available from above, below, or from exterior walls.


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Location Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Size 16,900 Sq. Ft.
Year Completed 1999
Photo Credit Jeff Goldberg/Esto

The structure is "tuned" to eliminate vibration frequencies that would interfere with the sensitive imaging process. On this difficult hillside site, adjacent to other laboratories, the building plan is oriented to fit the contours and it bends to face a common entry courtyard.

The apparent size of the building is kept consistent with its smaller neighbors by using three different colors for the basic elements of its mass (offices, labs, and mechanical). A glass chandelier by artist Dale Chihuly (inspired by electron microscope photographs of actual neurons) emphasizes the vertical space of the stairway.