In the heart of San Diego’s thriving Torrey Pines Scientific Research area is a new three-story 165,000-square-foot laboratory and office campus with stunning architecture and highly desirable amenities. The new two-building complex revises the existing facilities in the heart of Torrey Pines Science Park, creating an opportunity to realign and simplify vehicular and pedestrian circulation, improving accessibility across the entire seven-building campus. The striking architectural design of cast-in-place concrete, monolithic glass, natural wood and raw metal create a retreat-like setting for innovative research.
Nestled beneath beautiful Torrey pine trees, the campus is oriented to embrace the easterly canyon views. An activated green roof with functional event deck connects to the existing Torrey Pines Science Park through a bridge that meanders through the trees. The green roof also provides an uninterrupted viewscape to the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve adjacent to the site.
As visitors enter the campus, they are greeted by a soaring steel canopy with integrated photovoltaics that connects the two buildings, memorable walkways, outdoor conferencing and numerous event spaces. At the building entries, tenants are welcomed into an expansive three-story glass lobby that floods the space with natural daylight. Other building amenities include a full-service café, outdoor dining plaza with terraced seating, modern fitness center, green roof and deck, as well as ample underground parking.
In addition to the green roof and solar panels, this LEED project leverages numerous sustainable and environmental architectural features. A large canopy shades the south-facing glass, reducing heat gain and excess sunlight. Steel and concrete materials contain high levels of recycled content. Recycled water irrigation, low-water-use plants, and low-flow plumbing fixtures promote water conservation. Miles of walking paths connect tenants with nature, while showers and changing rooms encourage walking or biking to work.