Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron just unveiled their designs for AstraZeneca’s new Global R&D Center and Corporate Headquarters based in Cambridge, England. The new £330 million project will be centered around a triangular building punctuated in the center by an open courtyard. A glazed facade with a saw-tooth pattern wraps around the two-story building to create a visual and translucent connection between the corporate campus and the public.
AstraZeneca’s new flagship headquarters will be located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and comprise a North and a South plot. The North plot, which will be developed in the first phase, features the two-story and triangular Global R&D Center and Corporate Headquarters. The closed-loop building is stacked atop laboratories and amenities that are glazed to allow views into the center courtyard. Inside, the office spaces are separated from the hi-tech laboratories by partitions that are glazed to boost collaboration and communication.
Planted with large trees and a lush green lawn, the open courtyard is a regenerative space that is open to the public and comprises the three main entrances to the building, recreational areas, as well as informal meeting spaces. A saw-tooth roof channels natural light down to the deep floor plates. The serrated geometry is also repeated along the building’s glazed facade to give the headquarters a distinctive silhouette.
Images via AstraZeneca, © Herzog & de Meuron