Herzog & de Meuron
Competition
2013
Project
2013-2023
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Process

The building footprint follows the shape of the site, creating a continuous façade along the surrounding streets. The central courtyard is a main exterior public area, entrance route, and a reference to the historical college courtyard typology in Central Cambridge.

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The undulating façade breaks down the urban scale of the large building, and creates comfortable interior workplaces. The architectural language of the crystalline zig-zag perimeter influences the interior workplaces, laboratories, and collaboration areas.

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Each key element of the building, including the façade, internal partitions, saw-tooth roof, soffit, and feature stairs were tested through samples and full-scale mock ups in order to demonstrate visual qualities, buildability and construction interfaces.

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Drawings

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430_DR_180927_Detail

Team

Facts

Client
AstraZeneca Ltd.
Planning
Executive Architect : Building Design Partners, London, UK
Landscape Architect: Building Design Partners, London, UK
Electrical Engineering: Building Design Partners, London, UK
HVAC Engineering : Building Design Partners, London, UK
Plumbing Engineering: Building Design Partners, London, UK
Structural Engineering: Building Design Partners, London, UK
Cost Consulting: Turner and Townsend, London, UK
Specialist / Consulting
Acoustic Consulting: Building Design Partners, London, UK
Lighting Consulting: Building Design Partners, London, UK
Sustainability Consulting: Building Design Partners, London, UK
Building Physics Consulting: Emmer Pfenninger, MĂĽnchenstein, Switzerland
Gastronomy Consulting: Tricon Foodservice Consultant, Romford, UK
Facade Consulting: Emmer Pfenninger, MĂĽnchenstein, Switzerland
Laboratory Planning: Abell Nepp Architects, London, UK
Traffic Consulting: WSP, Cambridgeshire, UK
Fire Protection Consulting: ARUP, London, UK
Logistics Consulting: ARUP, London, UK
Signage Consulting: New ID, Basel, Switzerland
Other: Horus Security Consultant Ltd, Oxford, UK
Contractors
Construction Management: MACE, London, UK
External Special Glazing: Permasteelisa UK, London, UK
External Special Glazing: Scheldebouw, Heerlen, Netherlands
Concrete Works: Byrne Brothers, London, UK
Internal Doors: TRIA, PORSEG, Mortágua, Portugal
Internal Doors: AEL, Architectural Engineering (Aluminium and Steel Glazing) Ltd., Skelmersdale, UK
Internal Special Glazing: Zueblin, Stuttgart, Germany
Feature Stairs & Reception Desk - Timber: Treppenbau, Ganterschwil, Switzerland
Feature Stairs – Metal: D Wilson, Smethwick, UK
Joinery: Heuston Cox, Fleet, UK
Joinery: Monarch Joinery, Ipswich, UK
Joinery: Suffolk and Essex Joinery Ltd, UK
Architectural Metalwork: CMF, Feltham, UK
Stonework: Putney & Wood, Essex, UK
Building Data
Site Area: 214'255 sqft, 19'905 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 577'504 sqft, 53'652 sqm
GFA above ground: 386'628 sqft, 35'919 sqm
GFA below ground: 190'876 sqft, 17'733 sqm
Number of levels: 4
Footprint: 86'326 sqft, 8'020 sqm
Length: 475 ft, 145 m
Width: 511 ft, 156 m
Height: 65 ft, 20 m
Gross volume (GV): 12'297'055'111 cbft, 348'213'495 cbm
Facade surface: 286'082 sqft, 26'578 sqm
Links
www.astrazeneca.com

Bibliography

Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.): “Arquitectura Viva Monografias. Herzog & de Meuron 2013-2017.” Vol. No. 191-192, Madrid, Arquitectura Viva SL, 12.2016.

Location