In Long Island City Perkins&Will changes the narrative of traditional STEM buildings with the renovation of a 1930s warehouse

As office space needs shift, an exciting new development has been the need for, and integration of, workspaces for science and technology within the fabric of the city. Bringing professionals together across many disciplines and often with highly specific spatial requirements is no easy task for architects, especially those designing for speculative commissions. A successful project leading this trend comes from Perkins&Will, whose work on Innolabs in Long Island City, Queens, (LIC) flips the STEM script: a human-scaled adaptive reuse project not only creates Class A commercial workspaces for start-up and life science tenants, but is another piece reinvigorating the unique industrial heritage of LIC.

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