Novartis Technology Square

Categories: R&D

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
100 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA

• 2003 Honor Award, Build Massachusetts Award Program, Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts

Project Designer: Audrey O’Hagan, AIA on behalf of The Stubbins Associates, Inc.

Client Goals
• To create a new flagship 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art research laboratory in 10 months
• To create an open, environment which fosters interaction
• Energize and inspire the scientists

Design Solution
The notion of a global multi-cultural campus where inter-dependent activities take place around the world inspired the creation of this stimulating and vibrant environment where light is a metaphor for scientific discovery.
In order to foster interaction among users, the layout is organized around a group of communal spaces, such as break rooms, kitchenettes and libraries, located near the central core overlooking the existing atrium. These centralized hubs are the beating heart of the building and vibrant areas for social and intellectual exchange.
The work place is a fluid, collegial environment where disciplinary lines blur as well as physical distinctions between laboratories, offices and social spaces.
The integrated process comprised of a collaborative team including the client, architect, engineers, construction manager, and users enabled quick decision-making, a reduction in time, and the rigorous schedule to be met. It also ensured a commitment to good design values and construction quality from all parties.

“Thanks to her enthusiasm and commitment, Audrey has enabled us to keep the right balance between design quality and speed of execution.”
- Project Manager, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research,
100 Technology Square Project