Juno Therapeutics, a Celgene Company
Scientific Workplace and Research Center
Helping great minds eradicate serious diseases
Meeting the twin objectives of saving lives and recruiting and retaining talent, Celgene Corporation's headquarters and research center is representative of both Celgene's beginnings as a scientific pioneer and the fully integrated biopharmaceutical company it has become. While its researchers do serious work, genetically reprogramming cells within patients' immune systems to eradicate cancer and other serious diseases, Flad's design team was careful to provide a workplace that encourages breakthrough science, but also includes informal gathering spots on each floor playfully crafted to be inviting and promote lingering, helping people connect with each other.
The powerful science behind Celgene's Car T Cell Therapy supercharged the overall design concept, dubbed The Body, the Virus, the Cure. The “Body” provides a serene, open workplace that intuitively guides workers through interwoven programs across each floor. The “Virus” is inspired by the process of using a disabled, modified HIV virus that targets and destroys cancer cells. Flad's design of disruption zones along the central spine of each floor mimics this vehicle and its directive. The "Cure" is embodied by conferencing and social landing zones that empower individual potential through shared ideas, transparency, and intersecting social tribes.
The building utilizes an interchangeable wet and dry research model that can accommodate large volumes of new people and evolving research demands through clinical trials, FDA approval, and commercialization. All floors were planned without corridors, increasing floor efficiency by 80 percent. It is also organized to help promote communication and teamwork. Labs and workspaces, although placed into separate building halves on each floor, retain a visual connection through the use of generous glass, and Kanban work areas are set aside for ideas to be generated and then developed or rejected.
Celgene Seattle was planned to reflect the Pacific Northwest region, home to the largest number of waterfalls in North America — particularly the inclusion of a cascading stair that is arguably the building's most critical design feature. Each floor flows into a uniquely configured landing pool that draws people into unprompted social gatherings. Small eddies along the spine provide spaces for rapid work sessions and moments of creative ideation.
The building's entire public floor can flex to accommodate a variety of audiences and host large public educational events, while offering sweeping views of Puget Sound, Lake Union, and the Olympic Mountains. Through this outreach, Celgene is able to capitalize on the campus's visibility within the city framework and share the immediate impact their work has on patients, the life science community, and global health.