The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard

Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Paul Lukez Architecture


    The Ragon Institute

  • AREA

    74,000 sq.ft.





MGH, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University founded the Ragon Institute in 2009 as a collaborative effort. The institute's goals are to accelerate the discovery of an HIV / AIDS vaccine. Its mission is to harness the immune system to prevent and cure human disease.


To that end, the generous commitment of $100 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMLinea 5, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$194.00FEATURED IN2014 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized from Philip T. and Susan M. Ragon has enabled the institute to emerge as a leader in its field. To accommodate its growth, it has established a 74,000-square-foot headquarters in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Mass. Occupying four floors of an existing concrete mid-rise built circa 1970, the headquarters called for a design program combining offices, laboratories, and various public spaces and amenities.


Its ground floor comprises mostly public areas, including a large auditorium, conference rooms, and administrative staff support spaces. The upper three floors of labs and offices are interconnected by a new three-story public atrium, in which a dramatically crafted steel stair interlinks all floors and spills out onto a stage-like podium in the Tea Room.