Life moves quickly in today’s laboratories, and modern laboratory design has to anticipate the ever-evolving requirements of research institutions. Modern laboratory design needs to be agile and easily reconfigurable while offering multi-disciplinary workspaces that encourage collaboration among researchers and other staff. Bioinformatics spaces and maker spaces are now integral requirements for many researchers. Crucially, today’s labs must be safe, accessible spaces that promote occupant wellness and environmental sustainability. A design that includes common amenities and services can also contribute to staff satisfaction and productivity.
Good laboratory design for the 21st century successfully integrates the following eight elements to deliver energy-efficient, flexible spaces that foster collaboration and innovation while offering openness and transparency to the general public.