Renderings © Herzog & de Meuron
Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has released designs by Herzog & de Meuron for its new global R&D center and corporate headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the UK. The architecture firm’s design for the new building references the historical colleges in central Cambridge, “which are typically low-rise buildings enclosing a central courtyard,” Stefan Marbach, senior partner at Herzog & de Meuron, explained in a statement. “The building's proportions draw on this, as well as the open public access to the courtyard.”
Linked in a single loop, the structure provides short connections within the building. A sawtooth roof carries to the façade to form a distinctive architectural character. Inside, glass walls separate high-tech labs from other work spaces to promote what AstraZeneca calls “visible science,” while open spaces and thoroughfares encourage collaboration. Sustainable features include low-energy labs, the largest ground-source heat pump in Europe, and green roofs.
Construction is expected to start in early 2015 pending approval of the project’s planning application. AstraZeneca targets a completion date of late 2016.