The building that has housed the former Merck Serono headquarters, and which is now home to Campus Biotech, was conceived as not only a hub for science and research, but also a place for people to meet and a place to be enjoyed.
The building is located in the old Industrial District of Sécheron near Lake Geneva. When Serono took the site over, its mission was to transform it into something advanced and contemporary – preserving the area’s identity and history, but combining it with the cutting edge.
The design process was led by Dona Bertarelli, from whose architectural competition Murphy/Jahn emerged victorious. Their scheme is a ‘lively campus of buildings’, which are varied but share the same stylistic characteristics. An arrangement of larger open and covered spaces brings the whole together, no more so than the visually stunning central forum.