University of California Berkeley Energy Biosciences Building

Energy Biosciences Building
Energy Biosciences Building

Addressing some of humanity's most complex problems requires a serious facility and program promoting successful collaboration among various disciplines.


University of California, Berkeley


Berkeley, California


Academic Research, Architecture, Higher Education, Science & Technology


113,200 sq ft

Featured Awards


10th Biennial Design Awards, Citation Award, Honor Award - Heal Category

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Energy Biosciences Building

Supported by a $500 million, 10-year award from BP, the Energy Biosciences Institute embodies a vast interdisciplinary research organization of 300-plus scientists dedicated to using biological tools and methods to solve global energy challenges and mitigate climate change.

Energy Biosciences Building

SmithGroup's design team worked with stakeholders and occupants to develop a flexible laboratory and office plan, accommodating the research and the work cultures of each discipline.

Energy Biosciences Building

The facility supports multidisciplinary teams dispersed throughout greenhouses, warm and cold rooms, shared instrumentation spaces, and state-of-the-art molecular biology, microbial biology, fermentation, and chemical separation laboratories.

Energy Biosciences Building

Common spaces provide connective support, keeping the focus on interaction in their welcoming lounges and informal meeting zones. They share subtle aesthetic elements with the lab facilities, such as colorful translucencies. Its LEED Gold design delivers on the facility's stated mission.

Energy Biosciences Building

This new structure and its outstanding facilities will serve to enable and accelerate the innovations that we expect will come in the next few years.

Chris Somerville
EBI Director