Cellular architecture

These pics are an artist’s renditions of the Institute for Nanobiomedical Technology and Membrane Biology. The $12 million building will be erected soon in Chengdu, China.  

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The protrusions on the building’s exterior, which represent protein molecules embedded in the cell membrane, will contain meeting rooms. (I don’t find the facade very attractive!)

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The bridges over the building’s atrium represent the X and Y chromosomes.                      

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The interior garden will contain pools shaped like endosomes and mitochondria (photos by Sloan Kulper).

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2 thoughts on “Cellular architecture

  1. Well now that I made an ass of myself in another comment, I might as well leave a bunch of comments.

    I feel like architecture is an art form best suited to simulation. I mean, this looks incredible, but you know that the real thing won’t compare nicely to this idealized, perfected, and completely pure vision illustrated here. *sigh*

  2. Surely the shape’s important too. It looks like a receptor and/or channel. I can’t tell for sure from the picture, but I’m counting seven subunits. A P2X receptor? Maybe something first identified by a Chinese lab.

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