Novartis Research Complex: Laboratory & Office Cambridge

Novartis Complex Cambridge Building, Architect, Massachusetts Architecture

Novartis Research Complex, Cambridge, Boston

Cambridge Building, MA, USA – design by Cannon Design, Architects

18 Sep 2012

Novartis Research Complex in Cambridge

Design: Cannon Design

Novartis Laboratory and Office Complex

Boston, Massachusetts


BOSTON, September 10, 2012 – Cannon Design, an internationally ranked architectural, engineering and planning firm, is proud to announce it is teaming with Maya Lin and Toshiko Mori, FAIA to design a new, innovative research campus for Novartis, a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry. The new campus will change the way Novartis conducts research, promoting increased collaboration, idea-sharing and teamwork.

Novartis Complex Cambridge Novartis Laboratory and Office Complex Cambridge
pictures from Cannon Design

Novartis’ $600 million laboratory and office complex will serve as the centerpiece of the company’s worldwide research operations based in Cambridge, MA. Both Lin and Mori will each design one of the buildings on the research campus. Cannon Design will serve as the overall architect of record and design engineer for the project. Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh is designing the surrounding landscape and 1.35-acre courtyard. The entire project is slated for completion in 2015.

“The Novartis project is an incredible opportunity to partner with a world-class client and some of the most respected designers in the architectural community,” said Cannon Design Principal Rick Hrycaj. “This will be an exceptional complex for scientific research that transforms and advances the way research is conducted.”

The Novartis complex will be located across from existing company facilities and house more than 1,000 employees currently spread across several buildings. The research spaces will be invaluable to Novartis as it seeks to evolve and streamline its research initiatives.

The project will employ Cannon Design’s “New Scientific Workplace,” a design strategy focused on creating new opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary communication. The complex will achieve this by pairing highly-flexible laboratory spaces that can accommodate multiple sciences now and in the future along with conference and informal meeting spaces.

Cannon Design is an Ideas Based Practice, ranked among the leading international firms in planning and design for research, healthcare, education, corporate commercial, sports and government clients. At present, the firm employs a staff of over 1,000, delivering services in 15 offices throughout North America, as well as abroad in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai, India.

Novartis Laboratory and Office Complex, Cambridge Boston, MA, images / information from Cannon Design

Location:Boston, MA, USA