Memorial Sloan Kettering Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Research Building;Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects
Memorial Sloan Kettering Research Building;Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects
Memorial Sloan Kettering Research Building;Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects

Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2008
  • Design Finish Year 2003
  • Size Site Area: 6 acres Building Height: 420 feet Number of Stories: 23 Building Gross Area: 697,028 square feet
  • Awards
    2003, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2007, Award for Excellence in Architecture, AIA – Washington DC Chapter 2007, Award of Merit, AIA – New York State 2006, Excellence in Structural Engineering: Award of Merit, Structural Engineers Association Of Illinois 2006, Project of the Year: Healthcare and Hospitals, New York Construction 2006, Chairmans Award: Most Outstanding Healthcare Project, Greater New York Construction User Council
  • Collaborators
    AEI Affiliated Engineers Kowalski-Dickow Associates, Inc. Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. (RWDI) Van Deusen & Associates Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Inc. Entek Engineering, LLC Severud Associates Shen Milsom & Wilke Philip Habib & Associates Cci (A Division Of Lerch Bates & Assoc.) GPR Planners Collaborative Consentini Associates Schlaich Bergermann Und Partner Aec Consultants, Inc. Pentagram Bbgm Architects & Interiors Urbitran John Bain Associates Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership Granary Associates Systra Consulting, Inc. Bltwl (University Of Western Ontario) Michael Parley Bca Gilman Development Design Group Incorporated Frank Erbschole, Jr. Cerami & Associates Turner Construction Company
Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2008
  • Design Finish Year 2003
  • Size Site Area: 6 acres Building Height: 420 feet Number of Stories: 23 Building Gross Area: 697,028 square feet
  • Awards
    2003, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2007, Award for Excellence in Architecture, AIA – Washington DC Chapter 2007, Award of Merit, AIA – New York State 2006, Excellence in Structural Engineering: Award of Merit, Structural Engineers Association Of Illinois 2006, Project of the Year: Healthcare and Hospitals, New York Construction 2006, Chairmans Award: Most Outstanding Healthcare Project, Greater New York Construction User Council
  • Collaborators
    AEI Affiliated Engineers Kowalski-Dickow Associates, Inc. Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. (RWDI) Van Deusen & Associates Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Inc. Entek Engineering, LLC Severud Associates Shen Milsom & Wilke Philip Habib & Associates Cci (A Division Of Lerch Bates & Assoc.) GPR Planners Collaborative Consentini Associates Schlaich Bergermann Und Partner Aec Consultants, Inc. Pentagram Bbgm Architects & Interiors Urbitran John Bain Associates Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership Granary Associates Systra Consulting, Inc. Bltwl (University Of Western Ontario) Michael Parley Bca Gilman Development Design Group Incorporated Frank Erbschole, Jr. Cerami & Associates Turner Construction Company

The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Building provides an inspiring and efficient environment for cancer research, and a distinguished civic identity for Memorial Sloan-Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center. Located on a dense urban site, the building offers MSK’s researchers state-of-the-art laboratory spaces while responding to stringent urban design, zoning, and phasing constraints. At 420 feet tall, it also represents a new paradigm for urban laboratory buildings.

Restrained on both sides of the property by a Catholic church and an existing laboratory building, the new research tower incorporates a rectory at its base and cantilevers over the existing research building. While the careful placement of the program on the site creates a varied profile and presents four distinct faces to the surrounding context, the development of the exterior is the result of careful study of environmental factors.

Enclosing the laboratories are translucent and opaque scrims of glass with graduated densities of ceramic frit. The precise “tuning” of the pattern and density of layered frit glass controls daylighting. The office, conference, and interaction spaces aligned on the opposite side of the tower are enclosed in floor-to-ceiling transparent glass. While this extensive glazing offers expansive views of the East River, integrated exterior sun-control devices minimize glare and direct solar gain. Marking the threshold between the laboratory and office blocks is a continuous terra cotta wall that stretches the length and height of the building, connecting it to the masonry context of the hospital campus and the neighborhood.