The colourful retreat for scientists, Hillside Campus that tucked into the hillside of a quaint whaling village in Long Island, New York, United States. Hillside Campus at Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory was designed by Connecticut-based Centerbrook Architects and Planners, which will expand the institute’s research capabilities by 40 percent. The Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory is a private research and education institute at the forefront of cancer research, neuroscience, human genetics and quantitative biology. Initially housed in the historic seaport architecture of a former whaling village of which it is a part, the Institute’s work has grown through the years, necessitating the construction of new buildings.
The $100 million complex consists of six laboratory buildings organized around a multilevel courtyard that forms a grand entrance and leads to a future hilltop campus. Stairways and plazas between the laboratories provide opportunities for informal meetings and conversations. The buildings are connected internally on their lower levels to facilitate communication and interaction among the scientists. Explaining why a visitor might have trouble identifying the new 100,000 square foot campus, a New York Times reviewer wrote of the colorful complex, “An architectural sleight of hand has disguised the new labs as a miniature Bavarian hilltop villages”, a feat the architects say that the neighbors also appreciate.