55 Park Street Laboratory

55 Park Street Laboratory

Project by Behnisch Architekten, Los Angeles

CLIENT: Yale University


SIZE: 150,000 SQ FT


PROGRAM: Medical laboratories, offices, multi-story public lobby, retail, auditorium

'Rubik's Cube' 

The 55 Park Street Building is a major clinical laboratory extension to the Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, nationally recognized for its commitment to research and teaching.  The site is located in the center of the city, at the threshold between the University and the Hospital / School of Medicine.  The project maintains a major throughway to the hospital’s adjacent North Pavilion Cancer Center and also contains the linkage between the main loading area and the North Pavilion of the hospital.

This project utilizes state-of-the-art laboratory technology, and functions as a comfortable working environment which allows for future technology fit-outs.

Abundant natural lighting, and open circulation spaces create an inviting work environment that is further enhanced by the use of vibrant colors and whimsical facade paneling designed to create movement and to bring life to the skin of the building.

Visual connections between floors welcome occupants to interact and for unexpected meetings to take place, overall contributing to the friendly, warm and yet serious laboratory environment.   


our process

As in all of our projects, this design took its final form from a few simple concepts: to create a warm lab environment that could foster collaboration, and to connect the new structure with the community at large. From these driving principles, the atrium was born as the central architectural concept.

The building is organized around a five storey atrium that anchors the building to the site and actively engages the community. To arrive at a concept that met all the multi layered requirements of the project we worked in close collaboration with the local architect and the development and construction teams to coordinate the many urban, site, and programmatic challenges.


ArchitectureConnie Holen