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FU PALEOMAGNETICS LABORATORY
Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Completed with Perkins+Will
Utilizing extremely sensitive microscopy tools, the Fu Laboratory applies the principles of Paleomagentics to address issues in planetary sciences and earth history by better understanding the magnetic fields of complex geologic samples. To support their core mission, the laboratory space is dominated by a custom, built in place RF shielded room which provides a noise-free, clean environment for their specialty imaging work. Given the inflexibility of this space as well as its access and magnetic field restrictions, the design of the laboratory focuses on creating a carefully zoned environment, with the RF room anchored at one end of the lab, and discrete zones located in adjacent open lab areas for on-site electronics development, analytical work, and rock sample prep. This approach allows for flexibility – allowing the spaces to expand or contract over time, while also providing adequate space and separation between clean and dirty activities, supporting the unique balance of needs in the research.