The Power of Design: Roche's Campus Transformation Story
The world’s largest biotechnology company, Roche Diagnostics, partnered with our design team to create new buildings and spaces that have transformed its North American Headquarters campus. CannonDesign first collaborated with Roche on a facility master plan and architectural guideline to set forth a new vision for how Roche will redefine the visual identify of its campus while creating an innovative first-class workplace environment. Informed by the framework of the master plan and guidelines, three new buildings – a 200,000 sf office building, a 95,000 sf amenity building, and a 1,500 car parking garage – now transmit the Roche brand through the built environment.
Each new building is designed to embody Roche’s values of design and architectural legacy rooted in the Bauhaus aesthetic. Arranged in a radial pattern of rectangular building forms, the office building offers meaningful exterior and interior spaces for employees through ample daylight, views, and access to exterior landscaped courtyards. The building brings together more than 1,000 employees across numerous business units and implements an alternative workplace strategy with efficient, flexible, and innovative spaces. Located at the heart of the campus is the amenities building, home to central conference, dining, fitness, and wellness spaces. Designed as a compact, efficient, and “pavilion-like” building in the landscape, the amenities building opens up to an exterior dining garden patio and an event lawn. The new parking garage consolidates parking into a central location and is connected by a new pedestrian spine which unites the campus.
Roche’s masterplan and resulting buildings embody urban density, despite their location in a traditionally suburban context. With a focus on the human experience, Roche’s newly transformed campus will create meaningful outdoor spaces and high quality buildings. This focus on space, efficiency, and culture is further reflective of Roche’s long focus on sustainability. The buildings are efficiently engineered and will perform 60% better than the CBECS Average for Commercial Buildings, resulting in annual energy savings cost of nearly .55 sf.