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Space Shot: Genzyme Center

  • <p>At the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the sunshine is everywhere.</p>
  • <p>The chandelier's 768 individual glass panels, as well as the clusters of ceiling-mounted circular panels, are designed to disperse glare-free light downward onto work surfaces. </p>
  • <p>Motorized reflective blinds "shimmy," giving a sense of movement and casting light into informal meeting places.</p>
  • <p>Genzyme employees like to put their heads together, so the building was designed with 18 gardens, both indoors and out. Trees and other plantings carve off space to offer a sense of privacy.</p>
  • <p>Seven roof-mounted heliostats redirect light down into the atrium through a skylight. The mirror-based system was designed by Bartenbach LichtLabor, which has proposed a village-sized version for the mountainous town of Rattenberg, Austria, where no sun penetrates for much of the winter.</p>
  • <p>Remarkably, more than 75% of all the interior spaces have a view to the outside. Here, Cambridge, as seen from the 12th-floor cafeteria.</p>
  • 01 /06

    At the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the sunshine is everywhere.

  • 02 /06

    The chandelier's 768 individual glass panels, as well as the clusters of ceiling-mounted circular panels, are designed to disperse glare-free light downward onto work surfaces.

  • 03 /06

    Motorized reflective blinds "shimmy," giving a sense of movement and casting light into informal meeting places.

  • 04 /06

    Genzyme employees like to put their heads together, so the building was designed with 18 gardens, both indoors and out. Trees and other plantings carve off space to offer a sense of privacy.

  • 05 /06

    Seven roof-mounted heliostats redirect light down into the atrium through a skylight. The mirror-based system was designed by Bartenbach LichtLabor, which has proposed a village-sized version for the mountainous town of Rattenberg, Austria, where no sun penetrates for much of the winter.

  • 06 /06

    Remarkably, more than 75% of all the interior spaces have a view to the outside. Here, Cambridge, as seen from the 12th-floor cafeteria.

At the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the sunshine is everywhere.

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