Juno Therapeutics, a Bristol Meyers Squibb Company
Scientific Workplace and Research Center
Accelerating medicine on a global scale
Juno Therapeutics believes with absolute conviction that they can engineer the cells within our immune system to eradicate cancer and other serious diseases. It was this unrelenting faith along with their tireless commitment to their patients that sets Juno apart.
Selected to design their new headquarters and research center, Flad was immediately infused with their compelling bravery and felt the same sense of urgency Juno was facing to help them deliver successful products to their patients. The motivation behind every design decision was to help these extraordinary people achieve their mission to change medicine for good.
This project was born during a time of rapid expansion as Juno grew through new acquisitions, partnerships, and talent. The company also began their migration from being a scientific pioneer to a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company. Flad helped Juno properly forecast their growth during our initial visioning phase in which their population was estimated to triple within 18 months, including the addition of an entirely new commercialization group.
The design team developed an interchangeable wet and dry research model that can flex to accommodate large volumes of new people as well as newly discovered research demands that evolve over time through clinical trials, FDA approval, and commercialization.
The incredibly powerful science behind Juno's Car T Cell Therapy played a key role in planning their new facility. The idea that you can use something as ugly as an HIV virus to carry a genetically modified T cell back to its owner to then systematically assassinate cancer cells is truly astounding. It was this specific breakthrough and the people behind the science who are successfully fighting cancer, that super-charged the overall design concept: The Body, the Virus, the Cure.
The Body, the Virus, the Cure.The Body concept provides a serene, open, and powerful workspace that guides you through a series of interwoven programs across each floor; it is the glue that holds these programs together. This part of the design celebrates not only the work but the patients and the people who make it possible. Juno's breakthrough therapies wouldn't exist without the contributions their patients make both in body and in spirit.
The Virus concept is inspired by the process of using a disabled, modified HIV virus that transmits genetic material into a T cell. This programmed T cell then targets and destroys cancer cells. The design of the disruption wall defines the central spine on each floor by mimicking this vehicle and its directive. Also known as the Kan Ban wall, it facilitates rapid, interactive brainstorming through writable surfaces, standing tables, and dream mapping. Much like the HIV virus disrupts the way a cell interacts with cancer, the disruption wall is designed to disrupt one's thought process in a way that allows the mind to remove barriers associated with known factors, shift one's existing perspective, and make room for innovative thinking.
The Cure concept is woven throughout the entire building and embodied within the conferencing and social landing zones. These areas are the drivers behind generating hope, whether teams are rolling up their sleeves and solving immediate problems in conference rooms, connecting over success stories within the intersecting pathways, or implementing novel ideas as a collective.
Everyone who lives and works within Juno's new headquarters will experience the elements of serene contemplation, rapid ideation, and social connection throughout their daily lives, accelerating medicine on a global scale.
In considering the public-facing aspects of Juno's headquarters facility, the design team explored the surrounding neighborhood to create a community-driven floor and welcome center where people can connect, learn, be inspired, and contribute to Juno's mission. The entire floor can flex to accommodate a variety of audiences and host large public education forums, offering sweeping views of Puget Sound, Lake Union, and the Olympic Mountains. By opening their space to new audiences, Juno can capitalize on the visible nature their campus has within the framework of the city and share the immediate impact their work has on patients, the life science community, and global health.