1994 - 1998
The practice’s first building within the Imperial College masterplan is the Sir Alexander Fleming Building, which represents a major advance in medical research facilities, encouraging social and intellectual interaction to an unprecedented degree. Modular laboratories are designed to be used by any microbiologist and are flexible enough to allow changes in use or to adapt to new techniques. Alongside these are specialist facilities, which need to be close to the building’s service risers. These risers are configured at the edges of the site, leaving the central space free and flexible. This is essential to allow for the rapid pace of change in the research world. Even as the building was being constructed, the requirements of its users were changing - and the design was able to adapt to their evolving needs.