The KPF Principal was interviewed for a feature unpacking the rise of life science projects, highlighting the opportunities and challenges in this sector.
Architects’ Journal highlights the lowering demand for commercial and office buildings, in comparison to the rising demand of the health-focused industry. Elie explains the desire from clients to occupy multidisciplinary workspaces, with an “urban quality of life.” The increased need for life science space is met with sustainability challenges, as labs require a high-volume of energy efficient MEP systems, and higher structural specifications due to increasing loading capacities and lower vibration
The article references the KPF-designed One North Quay, a vertical campus that is the largest and most technologically advanced life science building in Europe. One North Quay is part of the next chapter in the evolution of Canary Wharf, which the article highlights as the new life sciences and tech centre for London.
Read the full article from Architects’ Journal here.