This laboratory is unique in aiming to conserve and propagate endangered species through research on reproductive biology. Its curvilinear design is founded on a similar respect for nature, paying homage to the site’s existing rocks. Visitors arriving on foot pass through a natural portal of rock as they enter, and the stone used for walls comes entirely from the site, not only lending a natural, warm appearance but also providing good insulation with minimum embodied energy and maintenance requirements. By contrast, smooth glass reflects the surrounding landscape, and a number of green spaces have been created both inside and outside the building.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.