Children & Family Research Institute (CFRI)

The Child & Family Research Institute establishes an interactive and collaborative clinical and research workspace that unifies the research precinct at the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre, giving it identity and a public face through colour and composition. The main goal of the 120,000sf expansion is to foster interaction (translational research) and collaboration among basic, clinical and population health researchers. Flexible, open, and day-lit laboratory space is important in promoting dialogue and alternative laboratory use.  
The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, one of the institute’s long-standing supporters, will share the ground floor with CFRI administration. Through user group interaction an architectural language of colour, pattern and composition was inspired by the process of “gel electrophoresis,” a group of techniques used by researchers to separate molecules based on physical characteristics such as size or shape.

Location: Vancouver
Size: 120,000 sf
Client: Provincial Health Services Association