Argonne National Laboratory, Energy Sciences Building

Lemont, Illinois / United States of America

The Energy Sciences Building at Argonne National Laboratory is the new 158,000 square foot home for interdisciplinary scientists working at the forefront of clean energy research, aimed at advancing how the world consumes and conserves energy.  This notion of “energy” is celebrated throughout the building anticipating LEED Gold certification.

Copper-anodized aluminum panels clad the exterior, referencing the existing red and brown masonry buildings on the campus.  The south façade, a dynamic pattern of small punched windows, communicates the energy of activity within, while moderating solar exposure.  The north façade also displays the life of the building, but takes advantage of its solar orientation with a highly transparent, low-iron glass curtain wall.

The first building on campus organized by science and not department, the interiors promote interdisciplinary collaboration and community.  The spatial heart of the building is a 3-story atrium and gathering space with views to and through each of the floors, connected by a cantilevered stair.  A central spine of lab blocks uses borrowed daylight filtered through surrounding bars of light-filled offices and meeting spaces, which includes outdoor terraces that communicate the collaborative spirit and energy of the building to the greater Argonne community.

Architect of Record



Argonne National Laboratory

General Contractor

Clark Construction


  • Jacobs Engineering/ANL
  • HDR
  • Stanton Engineering Services