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Centre for Advanced Studies Cuba

This reception hub and research cleanroom respond to their tropical climate and create an iconic identity for an emerging life sciences campus near Havana

Client Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Republic of Cuba

Location Havana, Cuba

Status Built

 

Centre for Advanced Studies Cuba

Located on the outskirts of Havana, the Centre for Advanced Studies is a 14-hectare life sciences research campus for up to 300 staff. Jestico + Whiles were approached by Dr. Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart to design two buildings on the site; an iconic 2000sqm hub with 180 seat lecture theatre, café, meeting rooms and offices and the adjacent 1,800sqm research facility accommodating an 800sqm ISO 7 cleanroom.

The sculptural hub building responds to its tropical climate with an over-sailing curved roof which provides solar shading and announces the site entrance. During the wet season, downpours are funnelled dramatically from the roof into a reflective pool below, which also provides evaporative cooling during the dry season. Penetrating this roof, a tiled conical volume houses the lecture theatre and acts as a landmark for the campus. Internally, the naturally ventilated double height entrance foyer and café promotes collaboration between scientists.

Clad in render, cement tiles and perforated aluminium, the research building accommodates a bay and chase cleanroom, plenum above and utility wing to the south. A covered walkway leads from the hub building across a planted courtyard to a shaded glazed corridor with views into the cleanroom, showcasing the advanced research within.

'The final design completely corresponds to the requirements initially set out.'

— Hugo A. Gutierrez, Centre for Advanced Studies, Cuba

Centre for Advanced Studies Cuba
Centre for Advanced Studies Cuba
Centre for Advanced Studies Cuba
Centre for Advanced Studies Cuba
Centre for Advanced Studies Cuba