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rafael vinoly architects: UCSF stem cell building
feb 10, 2011
rafael vinoly architects: UCSF stem cell building


‘ray and dagmar dolby regeration medicine building’ by rafael vinoly at the university of california, san francisco
all images courtesy rafael vinoly architects
photographer: bruce damonte

the university of california’s ‘ray and dagmar dolby regeneration medicine building’ designed by
world-renowned firm rafael vinoly architects has celebrated its official opening.
located on a sloping urban hillside in san francisco, the continuous structure navigates
the uneven site, responding with a serpentine form that is supported by a system of
steel space trusses.


steel column supports

hugging the curve of the topography and pre-existing site conditions, the building rests lofted
on an organization of steel supports which branch out from concrete piers, minimizing excavation
as well as incorporating seismic base isolation. the single-stretch structure accommodates
one continuous laboratory on its main floor which steps down a half-storey to create four
split-level areas. each level features an office cluster and a green roof with wildflowers and plants.  
a system of exterior ramps and stairs provide circulation between floors while an elevated
pedestrian bridge connects the building to three nearby research facilities and UCSF medical center.  


aerial view


green roof terrace


pedestrian bridge


exterior stairways


night view


street view

the transitional space between the split levels become a hub for activities, featuring break rooms
and common areas for an open interface for communication and a cross-pollination of ideas. 
largely outfitted with interior glazing, the laboratories further promote collaboration with an
open-floor plan and a flexible casework system that can be quickly reconfigured to accommodate
the programs’ needs.


interior


lab room


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