Superimpose designed Asia’s first state of the art WELL Living Lab. The 2,400 square meter development is located in Beijing and is currently under construction. Superimpose designed the building’s interior and facade to be completely reconfigurable to allow for all experiment conditions whilst maintaining a strong and recognizable architectural appearance. At the same time the building will meet the highest WELL accreditation.
The WELL Living Lab is a new collaboration between Delos, the founder of the WELL Building Standards, Sino Ocean Group, the developer of the project and Mayo Clinic, an international medical expert. Together they will develop the first scientific research center in Asia to integrate building science, behavioral science, and health science to improve the impact that indoor environments have on human health, wellness, comfort, and performance. The laboratory will provide controlled and simulated indoor environments that mimic the real world building spaces to conduct human centered research.
Superimpose’s design has six key features, which define the character and functionality of the building. The outdoor staircases are exposed and highlighted to promote fitness. The facade design facilitates the flexibility needed by introducing a cassette system, which allows for different façade testing without losing the visual unity. The entrance canopy offers shelter and provides an entrance gesture whilst allowing for daylight to the ground floor. The building core is exposed at the north facade in order to provide light to the washrooms and to provide an optimized and flexible floor plan layout. The rooftop features a rotatable laboratory for in-depth sunlight related research, and a rooftop-farm to promote nourishment.
Once the laboratory operates, it aims to research, educate, and spur innovations that will help address indoor environmental challenges related to the local climate and culture. The goal is to improve the indoor environment for the future generation in China.