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Chaparral Hall Science Building

Yazdani Studio

America settentrionale | Northridge

The Chaparral Science Hall, the new Biology Department of California’s Northridge State University caters for teaching and research activities, including state-of-the-art biological, immunological and genetic studies. Although aspects of the same scientific field and housed under the same roof, research and teaching are necessarily allocated in separate parts of the building. Given the complexity and delicacy of the research work, the labs are strictly controlled-access areas. The project developed by Mehrdad Yazdani of Cannon Design in close collaboration with the university client, takes this key requirement on board. The programme engages with the whole question of union and separation. Solutions are deliberately non- conflictual, with intermediary spaces encouraging the exchange of ideas and knowledge. The plan is divided into two distinct clusters, one to the north, the other to...

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