These are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

By Attila Nagy on at

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

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: MRC-LMB


Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, at University of Glasgow

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

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

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: Peter


The European Southern Observatory's headquarters in Garching, Germany

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

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.

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: LANL


The Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: John Hill, Tigerhill Studio/Argonne National Laboratory


Oak Ridge National Laboratory Multiprogram Research Facility (right), and the Visitor Center (left), in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: ORNL


The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Sandia Labs, Albuquerque, New Mexico

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: Randy Montoya/Sandia Labs


Technology & Engineering Development Facility, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, located in Newport News, Virginia

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: Jefferson Lab


The New Interdisciplinary Science Building for Energy Research at Brookhaven Lab, in Upton, New York

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: BNL


The Thomas J. Watson Research Center, the headquarters for IBM Research, in Yorktown Heights, New York

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: Simon Greig


i.lab, the new research and development centre for Italcementi in Bergamo, Italy

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: Italcementi


Wilson Hall, the central laboratory building of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


The Mechatronics Building in the Science Park of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: JKU


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.

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

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.

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

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.

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: University of Arizona


The Atlas Building of Wageningen University and Research Center, is an environmental research complex in Wageningen, the Netherlands

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: Rico


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Stata Center is a home for computer, information, and intelligence science, in Cambridge, MA

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP


The Bharati Antarctic research station, India's third Antarctic research facility

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: COMNAP


ALBA is a synchrotron radiation laboratory in Cerdanyola del Vall├Ęs, Catalonia, Spain

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: Alba-Cells


The Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF), Shanghai, People's Republic of China

These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Photo: SSRF