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BELLONO BEHAVIORAL AQUATICS LABORATORY
Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Completed with Perkins+Will
Studying sensory physiology and electroreception in aquatic models, the Bellono lab relies on a curiosity-based approach to their research which requires flexibility to accommodate new, unconventional modes of research. The design of their laboratory therefore features a balance of highly specialized spaces – including an aquatic animal care facility housing skates, sharks, and octopuses, a subdividable electrophysiology suite, and general open laboratory spaces – each of which are imbued with meaningful flexibility for their use, allowing easy reconfiguration to quickly accommodate changes in research over time. Split across two floors to better balance the opposing environmental needs of the various research spaces, the design of the lab incorporates secluded behavioral spaces alongside places for public engagement to maintain an open connection to the greater Harvard research community without compromising their sensitive research environment.