Chemical & Consumer Goods Giant,
Düsseldorf, Seoul & Shanghai
How do you encourage innovation? This was the question set to us by a world-renowned chemical and consumer goods giant.
It wanted to establish new ways of working and encourage innovation within the lab environment globally, by creating a series of innovation centres in key strategic locations. M Moser was assigned to design the first three innovation centres in Düsseldorf, Seoul and Shanghai, as part of a wider worldwide rollout. The approach would be defined by the Düsseldorf site and repeated for future facilities.
Establishing efficient lab modules
We began by developing a deep understanding of both the business and its people. The solution was conceived on the principle of “One Scientist”, which involved examining the optimum amount of space that a scientist requires daily.
The team used this concept to establish a common module for an open lab environment designed around the chemical requirements of the space that would also meet the needs of the client’s different business units.
To address this, we developed an activity-based lab strategy that could be facilitated through each module. The lab modules have consequently been clustered into building facility blocks, enabling a rollout that can be adapted to a range of different site limitations.
The impressive building houses three and a half clusters of activity-based settings around a bright, airy central atrium. Three clusters prioritise a variety of lab environments, while the half bay houses a training centre, offices and a range of different functions that can flexibly transform into additional labs when required.
Enhancing the way people work
The atrium sits at the heart of the space, as a key place for people from across the business to connect and innovate – from customers, vendors and scientists through sales, marketing, administration and more.
The lower bottom atrium is a focused space for external visitors, while the upper atrium has been designed to encourage interaction between employees. Enabling a continuous exchange of ideas, the atrium is organised to ensure efficiency in the context of a building that projects an image of timelessness, innovation and high technology.
Addressing site limitations
The concept for the Düsseldorf facility (three lab clusters with a central atrium) has been modified to a smaller site in Seoul, incorporating two lab clusters with a linear atrium in between. In Shanghai, we have extended the existing vertical campus, adapting the modular layout to form a single cluster with various atriums.
A template for global rollout
Pushing the boundaries of large, modular lab units, our multifunctional solution introduces a leading-edge approach to R&D, headquarters and innovation centre design. Having set the standard in Düsseldorf, we went on to create two more regional innovation centres in Seoul and Shanghai.
- Status In progress
- Area 430,570 sq-ft
- Completion date 2017
- Location Düsseldorf, Seoul & Shanghai