ARCHITECTURE - The Material Clinic
The Material Clinic works to extend the lifespan of materials through developing preventative and active interventions. The study and prevention of building material breakdown is typically executed in two ways: (1) through the development and testing of large-scale mock-ups and (2) through chemistry and applied physics research at the research laboratory level. This Material Clinic accommodates research at both of these extremes, as well as the gradient of laboratory spaces that falls in between. The Clinic is comprised of a matrix of manipulated laboratory spaces. Each space adjusts to a variety of programmatic isolation factors: light, air, exposure, sound, vibration, contamination, and scale. Through the combination and manipulation of materials based on their fundamental properties of isolation, a wide array of laboratory types can be accommodated and optimized within the Material Clinic.