21: Curves & Colored Glass | Innovation Curve Life Science Campus

34m 18s |
In this episode, Cherise is joined by John Marx, AIA, Co-Founding Principal and Chief Artistic Officer at Form4 Architecture in San Francisco, California. John is responsible for developing Form4 Architecture’s design vision and philosophical language. In this conversation, John shares his experience and insights into his work on the Innovation Curve Life Science Campus in Palo Alto, California. The project is a 265,895 square-foot, four-building, LEED Platinum life-science campus on the edge of the Stanford Research Park. The clear glass envelope with glass shading fins creates a crystalline form that evokes a sense of lightness and spirit. A mid-level blue horizontal ribbon shading element follows the shape of the classic R&D timeline; from creative spark, through trial and tribulation, to welcome success. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

Allison Koo, Managing Director at Sand Hill Property Co., also shares her perspective as the client and building owner. Involved from land acquisition to occupancy and stabilization, Allison provides wide-ranging insight into an owner's decision making process.

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - A unique curved shading element and design feature required unconventional materials to build, the design balanced extensive use of glass with effective sun shading elements to help obtain LEED platinum certification, a creative and flexible design allowed the owner to effectively navigate volatility in the real estate market, and much more.


Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT  image
Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT
Senior Spec Writer | RDH Building Science
John Marx, AIA image
John Marx, AIA
Co-Founding Principal and Chief Artistic Officer | Form4 Architecture
Allison Koo image
Allison Koo
Managing Director | Sand Hill Property Co.