Francis Crick Institute, King's Cross, London

Designed by HOK working with PLP Architecture
Date Built
Completion in 2015
Ossulston Street and Gower Place
Named after the Nobel Prize winning scientist credited as the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, the Francis Crick Institute was completed in 2015. 

The building is home to a joint venture by The Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, University College London, Imperial College London and King's College London.  It is home to scientists who carry out biomedical research designed, the Institute site says, "to help better understand why disease develops and to find new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat a range of illnesses. ... Our uncompromising commitment to excellence, our emphasis on multi-disciplinary research, our focus on young and emerging talent, our novel ways of partnership working, and our plans to export our best people to other institutions, are some of the factors that will set the Crick apart."

They add that the building's architects have, "designed a world-class scientific facility that encourages collaboration and innovation. The interior balances the need to provide formal research areas with a mix of informal break-out areas designed to draw together people from different organizations. An auditorium, exhibition area and teaching lab located adjacent to the main entrance underline the Crick’s fundamental ethos of collaboration, communication and community engagement."


Some images from the construction phase.