Genmab Research & Development Center is located on Utrecht Science Park situated on a prominent location along the main Science Park access road. The building covers 11,250 m2 of research facilities, laboratories, offices, facilitated spaces as well as an underground parking garage and was purposely built for Genmab as a single tenant. Genmab is a listed international biotech company specializing in the creation and development of differentiated antibody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. In 2019 Genmab celebrated its 20th anniversary and in recent years it showed strong growth as a business; this required a new building.
The design of the new Genmab building was made by architecture agency cepezed who have a proven track record in designing high end laboratory and office space. Genmab’s explicit wish was to create spaces where (inter)national scientists can meet each other. Since Genmab has Scandinavian roots, the design the building therefore also required an eye for design.
The final result reflects the core qualities of Genmab as high quality, innovative, dynamic, transparent and recognizable. There is an open structure with 16 meter long spans and long sightlines. The building exists of two sections that appear to be shifted away from each other, with vertical facades and in between a prominently visible atrium with gradually positioned ‘floating isles’, that strongly contributes to the interaction between various users. The workspace is of high quality, offers optimal comfort and is highly functional and flexible.
For Kadans, the acquisition of the building matches the ambition to add sustainable buildings with knowledge-intensive users to their portfolio. Thanks to Genmab, the location and the sustainable character of the research facility is an excellent addition to the current portfolio.
The Genmab Research and Development Center is BREEAM-Excellent certified.