Architecture Firm Selected for Third Rock Ventures Project

Third Rock Ventures / Rendering courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects

Boston – Third Rock Ventures has engaged Elkus Manfredi Architects to conceive of and design its new workplace at 201 Brookline Avenue in the heart of the emerging Fenway life science district in Boston.

“Third Rock Ventures is committed to creating a design for a work environment that supports each team member and nurtures a community of professionals who change patient lives,” said Elizabeth Lowrey, principal and director of interior architecture at Elkus Manfredi Architects.

The goal for the approximately 24,000sf space: How can Third Rock Ventures welcome and inspire their team to learn, collaborate and innovate in a space that can support the need for creativity, flexibility, inclusivity and functionality? Elkus Manfredi Architects’ work strategy experts will engage Third Rock Ventures employees at every level during the co-creation process, wherein employees have a direct impact on the design of the space they will inhabit.

“In co-creation, we take the role of listener and facilitator to engage leadership and cross-functional employees at all levels, using a methodology that brings end users together to brainstorm about making the workplace more efficient, more supportive of their work and a better incubator for creative innovation,” said Elkus Manfredi vice president, Tara Reilly.

In the post-pandemic workplace, experts say the office must be a magnet, not a mandate. Numerous elements converge to make the Third Rock Ventures’ space just that, including its decision to be in one of the new epicenters of life science work, the Fenway, with easy access both to Back Bay and the Longwood Medical Area.

The space will be designed to take its cue from residential and hospitality design: comfortable and informal, uniquely suited to vibrant collaboration and inducive to spontaneous creative collisions among employees at all levels. Occupancy is expected in the fall.