HHMI Janelia Farms Apartments
Ashburn, VA
CLIENT
Howard Hughes Medical Institute | Photos © Maxwell MacKenzie
STATUS
Completed 2011
LEED
Certified LEED for Homes Platinum
SERVICES
Architecture, Interiors
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Four-story, 81,852-sf, 60-unit apartment building for visiting research scientists.

Description

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Apartments in Ashburn, VA were developed to house visiting research fellows and their families. Consistent with the mission of HHMI to establish a collaborative research community on its celebrated campus, the housing facility was designed to promote community and collaboration among its residents. Unique interior and exterior spaces encourage interaction in a relaxed non-work environment. The four-story building provides 60 one-and two-bedroom apartments.

The building is composed of four metal-paneled “pods” connected to a cementitious-paneled “spine”. The spine is segmented at 8-degree angles, resulting in a linear serpentine form, and, within, a series of shorter day lighted hallways. The shorter cross axis reconciles a full grade level change, tucking exterior parking beneath the superstructure and physically bridging to the upper playing fields beyond. The modern exterior rain screen wall features a randomized pattern of fenestration inspired by gene sequencing strips.

The building is closely integrated with its rustic surroundings, utilizing an array of innovative materials and low-impact environmental techniques. All structural and non-structural walls were pre-fabricated and panelized. The composite concrete/steel floor joist system improves durability and efficiency, while minimizing waste. The building is an exemplary model of progressive residential architecture that embraces the natural landscape and environmental sustainability. These efforts have been rewarded with a coveted LEED®-Platinum for Homes™ certification.

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