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Axis Mundi designs advanced technology center with spiky-shaped volumes in Palo Alto

United States Architecture News - May 15, 2019 - 05:37   3090 views

Axis Mundi designs advanced technology center with spiky-shaped volumes in Palo Alto

Architecture studio Axis Mundi has designed an advanced technology center comprised of spiky volumes looking towards a lake in Palo Alto, California, United States.

Called Lockheed Martin X Lab, the architects designed this iconic development for Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, a global security and aerospace company that focuses on complex challenges, advance scientific discovery and deliver innovative solutions.

The X Lab is a stealth research facility proposed for Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. The company's charter will create game-changing foundational technologies that inspire, protect and connect our world. 

Axis Mundi designs advanced technology center with spiky-shaped volumes in Palo Alto

Founded in Palo Alto, California in 1956, Lockheed Martin helped seed what would become Silicon Valley. They continue to evolve and lead the way in new realms, like lasers, nano-materials and informatics.

Set on a lush campus like setting of 25 acres, the buildings oddly shaped design resembles the wings of air planes and the faceted skins of newly developing jet fighters. 

Axis Mundi designs advanced technology center with spiky-shaped volumes in Palo Alto

Exploded 3D diagram

"The building looks like it’s going to take off at any moment. It is referred to as “the stegosaurus” by insiders, because if it’s spiky exterior," said Axis Mundi.

The main circulation spine is designed as a zigzagging atrium that meanders through and connects all of the various work spaces, lecture halls, classrooms, and research labs in a non-hierarchical way, thus encouraging the exchange of ideas between the various working teams. The entire roof is clad in octagonal shaped photovoltaic tiles that were specially designed for the building.

Axis Mundi designs advanced technology center with spiky-shaped volumes in Palo Alto

Floor plan

Axis Mundi designs advanced technology center with spiky-shaped volumes in Palo Alto

Elevations

Axis Mundi designs advanced technology center with spiky-shaped volumes in Palo Alto

Elevations

Project facts

Architect: John Beckmann, with Luna Huang and Hannah LaSota

Total Area: 270,000 sf. 

Major Materials: Steel and concrete structure, and glass.

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