The Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) facility is a research laboratory addition to North Carolina Central University’s Science Complex. The building is intended to establish a powerful icon for this part of the campus and embody the character of the University’s scientific mission. These goals informed a concept which respects the architectural character of the existing building while standing apart in scale and form.
Faculty offices are located on the east side of the building, facing the science complex courtyard. The transparent curtain wall creates an open visual connection between the interior and exterior which enhances the work environment.
In contrast, the lab spaces situated along the west side of the building are shielded from glare and heat gain by a masonry wall with narrow vertical openings. Derived from the geometry of an unfolded DNA strand, the window pattern also reflects the University’s commitment to biomanufacturing education.
The 45-foot-high canopy at the north end of the building forms a gateway for the campus and a highly visible entrance for BRITE. A double-height lobby and monumental stair connect the two primary floors while parking for the facility is located to the west at a lower elevation.