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181 Massachusetts Avenue (Novartis)

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.

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181 Massachusetts Avenue

181 Massachusetts Avenue (Novartis)

181 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Status: Complete

Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal
Sustainability

Completion: 2015

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.

Overview

181 Massachusetts Avenue
181 Massachusetts Avenue

Status

Complete

Completion Date

2015

Themes and priorities

Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal
Sustainability

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.

Image credits

Courtesy of Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

Details

Address

181 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Use

Commercial

Project Team

Architect: Maya Lin Studio, New York, NY, Toshiko Mori Architect, New York, NY, and Cannon Design, Cambridge, MA
Construction manager: Skanska USA, Boston, MA
MIT team: Maureen McCaffrey (MITIMCo)

Scope

550,000 gsf

Sustainable Design Elements

  • LEED Gold certification

Map

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