181 Massachusetts Avenue (Novartis)181 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal
Innovative pharmaceutical giant Novartis's new campus near MIT encourages partnered ventures and enlivens this life sciences gateway with a fresh infusion of green space and retail businesses.
Themes and priorities
On a four-acre parcel of MIT-owned land at 181 Massachusetts Avenue (corner of Albany Street) Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research has completed a new campus to augment its global research headquarters. By expanding in proximity to MIT and other research institutions, Novartis has created an environment that supports interdisciplinary collaboration, open communication, and the exchange of knowledge.
The project encompassed the construction of two new buildings with 550,000 square feet of laboratory, office, and retail space, and the renovation of an existing structure (Building N42). Its visual centerpiece is an unusual perforated stone screen that wraps around the main building’s exterior and is supported by an aluminum curtainwall.
The 181 Mass. Ave. campus forges an important connection between Kendall and Central Squares, adding vibrancy to this corridor through open space and ground floor retail space along Massachusetts Avenue. The campus is LEED Gold-certified.
Sustainable Design Elements
- LEED Gold certification