Brain research gets a new nerve center at Allen Institute headquarters

SEATTLE — Some of the best science here gets done in the coffee line. You can insert your Starbucks jokes here. But when the Allen Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to neuroscience and cell biology, set about designing a new, $200 million building, CEO Allan Jones deliberately chose to consolidate the coffee area in one spot. And to put in just four coffee machines for 300 employees. That way, everyone has to get out of their cubicle and mix. That’s just one of the quirky design features in the new headquarters, which is hosting a science showcase this week as an informal grand opening. To further push scientists out of their silos — and encourage a lively exchange of ideas — the Institute has scrambled its seating plan. “Your cubicle, if…


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