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Capita shows off 'Quietest building in World'

A vibration-free science ‘quiet lab’ designed by Capita Architecture is to open at Bristol University

Hailed as ‘the quietest building in the world’ by the practice, the £11 million Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information (NSQI) is intended for tests requiring virtually zero vibrations and air movements.

The atrium is topped by a ‘bucky ball’, a football-like molecular structure named after Richard Buckminster Fuller.

The low-noise area for engineering and nano-surgery is housed in the basement, where a suite of ultra-low vibration nanoscience laboratories are anchored directly to the underlying rock stratum.

Capita’s Iain Martin said: ‘The NSQI is complex and beautiful, amalgamating both art and science in one harmonious composition.

‘Although technically complex, it has exceeded expectations by becoming ‘the quietest building in the world’ in terms of vibration performance. For the scientists, it is a beautiful building for this reason alone.’

Built by Wilmott Dixon Construction, the building’s curved Portuguese limestone frontage displays a sequence of numbers first created in 1202 by Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Nice to see the golden ratio alive and well - how about that then Quinlan Terry?

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  • The quietest building in the world eh? Be nice to know who the acoustic consultants were on such a quiet building, and perhaps what the architectural or engineering features that made it so quiet were!

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