The Frick Chemistry Laboratory provides a home to reinvigorate the Department of Chemistry, and integrates teaching and high-level research spaces in a facility which enhances interaction, collaboration and creativity. The design allows the main programmatic elements of faculty offices and laboratory research spaces to be expressed through massing: offices are accommodated in the towers facing the campus woodland, whilst laboratories are housed in a deep linear block to the rear.

The focal point of the building is a 75-foot high atrium which serves as a centralised circulation, interaction and meeting space, and offers views both into and out of these surrounding spaces. Located on a highly-visible site near the principal southern entrance to the historic campus, Frick is part of a greater campus effort to consolidate related schools within a new Science Neighbourhood.

One of the principal aims of the design was to set a standard in energy-efficient design for chemistry research buildings throughout the US. As such, the project incorporates a number of sustainable features, including one of the largest integrated photovoltaic arrays in the US, a pre-manufactured façade, greywater recycling, chilled beams, and extensive use of natural lighting coupled with daylight sensors throughout the interior.

We worked with Boston-based Payette who served as the executive architects on this project.


  • Location Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  • Value £179 million
  • Size 22,296 m²
  • Client Princeton University
  • Year 2010

Selected Awards

  • R&D Magazine Laboratory of the Year Competition: High Honors
  • RIBA International Award
  • Society for College and University Planning: Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
  • IES Illumination Award of Merit
  • AIA New Jersey: Honor Award
  • Boston Society of Architects: Honor Award
  • AIA Tri-State: Honor Award