Future of Labs

Future of Labs

Science and research are key to addressing humanity’s biggest challenges, now and in the future. Creating the right spaces and environments for research to thrive is essential.

The scientific research ecosystem goes far beyond the physical spaces of laboratories. Among many things, it encompasses the people making research possible, the places where scientific discoveries happen, and the infrastructure required to sustain innovation. Only by recognising the extent of this ecosystem can we begin to understand the complex interactions between its people, spaces and contexts, and how the spaces we create can respond meaningfully to these diverse requirements and desires.

This report provides a review of key trends shaping the future of scientific research that will be of use to planners, designers and administrators involved in laboratory design projects. The findings are a synthesis of research and trends in the field of laboratory design, informed by conversations with experts across industry and academia.