Who said that laboratories, research centers and other science institutions have to be boring places? Believe me, architects are doing their bests when it comes to designing the headquarters of such facilities. The following 22 images prove that I am right.

Technical Area 3 of Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is one of the largest multidisciplinary science and technology institutions in the world.

Photo: LANL


The Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois

Photo: John Hill, Tigerhill Studio/Argonne National Laboratory


Oak Ridge National Laboratory Multiprogram Research Facility (right), and the Visitor Center (left), in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Photo: ORNL


The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Sandia Labs, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Photo: Randy Montoya/Sandia Labs


Technology & Engineering Development Facility, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, located in Newport News, Virginia

Photo: Jefferson Lab


The New Interdisciplinary Science Building for Energy Research at Brookhaven Lab, in Upton, New York

Photo: BNL


The Thomas J. Watson Research Center, the headquarters for IBM Research, in Yorktown Heights, New York

Photo: Simon Greig


They conduct basic research in the fields of networks and distributed systems, scientific computing, and software engineering in the Simula Research Laboratory, Fornebu, Norway

Photo: Peter


The European Southern Observatory's headquarters in Garching, Germany

Photo: E. Graf/ESO


i.lab, the new research and development center for Italcementi in Bergamo, Italy

Photo: Italcementi


Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, at University of Glasgow

Photo: The Gist


Wilson Hall, the central laboratory building of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois

Photo: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


The Mechatronics Building in the Science Park of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria

Photo: JKU


The Science Learning Center at the University of Texas, Dallas. The tile exterior represents two scientific patterns: atomic emission spectra of gases, and human DNA.

Photo: Datum Gojer Engineers


Natural Science Engineering and Research Laboratory (NSERL) at the University of Texas, Dallas. The overlapping colorful anodized stainless steel shingles cover 15 percent of the building's surface.

Photo: Datum Gojer Engineers


The Health Sciences Education Building at University of Arizona in Phoenix was inspired by the canyon formations found throughout the state.

Photo: University of Arizona


The Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England

Photo: MRC-LMB


The Atlas Building of Wageningen University and Research Center, is an environmental research complex in Wageningen, the Netherlands

Photo: Rico


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Stata Center is a home for computer, information, and intelligence science, in Cambridge, MA

Photo: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP


The Bharati Antarctic research station, India's third Antarctic research facility

Photo: COMNAP


ALBA is a synchrotron radiation laboratory in Cerdanyola del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

Photo: Alba-Cells


The Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF), Shanghai, People's Republic of China

Photo: SSRF


Top photo: ENERGY.GOV