Science & TechnologyZymoGenetics Nelson Laboratory Expansion

ZymoGenetics : Nelson Laboratory Expansion


Based in the historic 1914 Seattle City Light Steam Plant building, ZymoGenetics continues to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that will help patients prevail over their serious diseases. The new facility is located on a steep hillside directly across the street from the historic former steam plant. Responsive to the architectural context, the new building's massing recalls the imagery of the turbine. The design complements the existing building with large vertical windows bringing in light and view. The building was formed with simple materials of brick and concrete. Corrugated metal breaks up the massing - developed to create visual interest and scale along Eastlake Avenue. The new building, together with the existing facility, create a gateway into the city by flanking Eastlake Avenue and bridging the old with the new.

New innovations from an historic site

AIA Wisconsin, Merit Award

Rapid growth in drug development, protein discovery, and bioinformatics dictated the need for additional office and research space for ZymoGenetics. Set across the street from its former location at the historic Lake Union Steam Plant, this building successfully integrates old and new.

Large, vertical windows introduce light and views. The building's massing recalls the imagery of the turbine. Simple materials including brick, concrete, and corrugated metal create visual interest and scale. The new building, together with the existing facility, creates a gateway into the city. The complex, including below-grade parking, offices, state-of-the-art research laboratories, and safety assessment facilities, was designed and constructed in 16 months, with provisions for expansion.

Location: Seattle, Washington