Confidential Pharmaceutical Company

Categories: R&D

Cambridge, MA

Audrey O’Hagan Architects has designed a 31,000 square foot office renovation for a private pharmaceutical company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The client’s mission was to create a contemporary workplace that inspires and promotes a collaborative working environment.

The concept was inspired by the story of a Japanese girl (Sadako Sasaki) who had cancer. She believed in the ancient Japanese legend of Senbazuru, which promises to grant a wish, such as recovery from illness or long life, to anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes, and she set out to do just that.

The “origami” accent wall in the reception area serves as an inspiration to the scientists and others in the company in their quest for finding a cure for cancer. It is a visual expression of the unfolding of new ideas in drug discovery.

The renovated space, located on two floors, maximizes natural daylight by allowing it to penetrate into the center of the space through perimeter glass office fronts.