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Genzyme Center

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This building on a former brownfield site in the midst of other dynamic research institutions in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been designed as a special symbol of progress for two clients, a private developer of laboratory buildings and a leading biotechnology company. High quality workspaces are to be offered to facilitate the recruitment and retention of a highly educated and keenly sought after workforce. Both, function and diversity, are integrated with the environment and the natural surroundings. The goal of the design was to develop a building from the inside out, from the individual working environment to the overall complex structure of the building.

An understated, but high performance glass envelope based on urban guidelines, protects from Boston’s harsh climate: on the inside the architecture is allowed to develop free from climatic constraints of the...

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