Maugel DeStefano Architects and The Richmond Group design-built the 57,000 SF research and development facility for KSQ Therapeutics at Four Maguire Road in Lexington, Mass. Renovations included upgrades to the core and shell and a complete office and lab interior fit-out for KSQ Therapeutics. The new facility houses multiple laboratories, offices, conference rooms, a café, and outdoor amenity spaces.

Biophilic design principles inspired the interior layout and design. The building’s original exterior piers were replaced with storefront windows along the café to maximize exterior views and natural light to the first-floor café, board room, and open office area. Due to the increased depth and the geometry of the second floor, open office areas were located at exterior walls with conference rooms, huddle spaces, phone rooms, and support spaces located in the center of the building. Glazed walls and floating glass volumes at internal spaces allow natural light to filter through the office space into interior rooms.

Interior finishes were selected for their natural and organic feel. Wood strip ceilings, cork flooring, and a live-edge elm island top contribute warmth to the space, and in the cafe, a creative mix of light fixtures mimics biological forms and shapes found in nature.



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