When Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center decided to move forward on the first phase of an expansion of its research facilities on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, there was nowhere to go but up. The resulting building, the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, designed by SOM’s New York office in collaboration with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, is a direct outgrowth of its tight urban site: a 23-story structure with a terra-cotta slab running through its center and a cantilevered block of glass-enclosed offices. “That terra-cotta wall is basically the threshold separating the office space from the science laboratory side of the building,” explains Mustafa K. Abadan, the SOM partner who headed the project.
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