Duke University Institute for Brain Sciences

Durham, NC

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) project transforms a 11,000 SF abandoned chiller equipment space in the basement of the Levine Science Research Center Building at Duke University into a light-filled, creative, and collaborative work space.

The interior draws upon the industrial character of the former chiller space, while a glass entry pavilion at the plaza level reflects the more refined campus setting and lets natural light into the building. Additional glass skylights at the plaza level allow additional filtered light into the space below. At night, the entry pavilion and skylights illuminate the plaza and the main pedestrian path to the building.