Who said that laboratories, research centres and other science institutions have to be dull? Believe me, architects are doing amazing things when it comes to designing the headquarters of such facilities, as the these 22 images show.
The Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England
Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, at University of Glasgow
Photo: The Gist
They conduct basic research in the fields of networks and distributed systems, scientific computing, and software engineering in the Simula Research Laboratory, Fornebu, Norway
The European Southern Observatory's headquarters in Garching, Germany
Photo: E. Graf/ESO
Technical Area 3 of Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is one of the largest multidisciplinary science and technology institutions in the world.
The Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Multiprogram Research Facility (right), and the Visitor Center (left), in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Sandia Labs, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Photo: Randy Montoya/Sandia Labs
Technology & Engineering Development Facility, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, located in Newport News, Virginia
Photo: Jefferson Lab
The New Interdisciplinary Science Building for Energy Research at Brookhaven Lab, in Upton, New York
The Thomas J. Watson Research Center, the headquarters for IBM Research, in Yorktown Heights, New York
Photo: Simon Greig
i.lab, the new research and development centre for Italcementi in Bergamo, Italy
Wilson Hall, the central laboratory building of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois
Photo: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab
The Mechatronics Building in the Science Park of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria
The Science Learning Center at the University of Texas, Dallas. The tile exterior represents two scientific patterns: atomic emission spectra of gases, and human DNA.
Photo: Datum Gojer Engineers
Natural Science Engineering and Research Laboratory (NSERL) at the University of Texas, Dallas. The overlapping colourful anodized stainless steel shingles cover 15 per cent of the building's surface.
Photo: Datum Gojer Engineers
The Health Sciences Education Building at University of Arizona in Phoenix was inspired by the canyon formations found throughout the state.
Photo: University of Arizona
The Atlas Building of Wageningen University and Research Center, is an environmental research complex in Wageningen, the Netherlands
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Stata Center is a home for computer, information, and intelligence science, in Cambridge, MA
Photo: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP
The Bharati Antarctic research station, India's third Antarctic research facility
ALBA is a synchrotron radiation laboratory in Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
The Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF), Shanghai, People's Republic of China