181 Massachusetts Avenue (Novartis)181 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal
Innovative pharmaceutical giant Novartis's campus near MIT encourages partnered ventures and enlivens this life sciences gateway with an infusion of green space and retail businesses.
Themes and priorities
Constructed within a four-acre parcel of MIT-owned land bounded by Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street, the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research campus augments its global research headquarters across the street. As Novartis continues to develop in proximity to MIT and other research institutions, it fosters an environment that supports interdisciplinary collaboration, open communication, and the exchange of knowledge.
The campus project encompassed the construction of two new buildings with 550,000 square feet of laboratory, office, and retail space, as well as the renovation of an existing structure (once 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.
Forging an important connection between Kendall and Central Squares, the Novartis campus adds vibrancy to this corridor through open space and ground floor retail space along Massachusetts Avenue.
Sustainable Design Elements
- LEED Gold certification