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Hacin Injects Warmth and Highlights Views with BioMed Realty’s East Coast Headquarters

March 7, 2023
The LEED Gold offices feature oak, modern lighting and fixtures with a design that takes advantage of the 14th floor open plan.
The design team at Hacin collaborated with BioMed Realty, a leading provider of real estate solutions to the life science and technology industries, for the interiors and architecture of their East Coast headquarters, completed in 2022 in Cambridge, Mass. The office has achieved LEED Gold status, mirroring the building it is housed within. This project marks the most recent collaboration in the long and wide-ranging history of Hacin and BioMed Realty, having worked together on a range of commercial projects in previous years, such as Glass House Restaurant and Bar, Flour Bakery + Café’s Cambridgeport location, and the Cambridge headquarters, showroom, and laboratories for haircare product company, Living Proof.
Originally hired to renovate BMR’s existing space in a nearby office building, Hacin pivoted to assist them in relocating their expanding Cambridge presence to the newly completed 314 Main Street, located at the nexus of innovation in Kendall Square, at the gateway to MIT. Hacin designed the unoccupied, open-plan 14th floor to function as a warm, organic, and welcoming workspace with natural materials such as the oak palette throughout, wool and felt to enhance the space’s acoustics.
A residential aesthetic is reinforced with decorative lighting fixtures and three kitchenettes in total, which also supports the company’s avid coffee culture. The floor features 360-degree views of Cambridge, Boston, and the Charles River, allowing varied striations of natural light to reach into the office from the windows at any given time of day, highlighting its many architectural forms. BioMed’s brand identity is expressed throughout the space in a monochromatic palette with accents of the company’s signature deep blue. The art displayed throughout the office complements the interior design concept and was sourced through Art in Giving, an organization that raises funds for cancer research through the sale of fine art.
The project required both private and shared workspaces and the design team utilized the building’s unique angular footprint and glass-walled exterior to define the program by utilizing a rectangular “pinwheel” concept. Individual private offices occupy defined zones of the perimeter floor-to-ceiling windows and custom shared workstations, additional offices, multiple conference rooms and community spaces fill the rest of the floorplan. A large, prominent meeting room visible upon entry from the elevator lobby boasts a 32’ telescoping door and frames a sweeping panorama of Boston’s Back Bay skyline.
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