Our spaces, Roche guide of the built environment
Exteriors Key Features
Ahead of time
A changing landscape
- Define a design intention that takes experience and natural changes into consideration.
- Use perennial or deciduous vegetation depending on the solar radiation requirements of adjacent buildings.
- Emphasize the changing of seasons by choosing deciduous plant species.
- Feature infrastructure elements as an expression of their function to increase future flexibility.
- Respectfully position and integrate green stormwater infrastructure.
- Take design opportunities to promote and communicate sustainable awareness, considering local specificity.
- Facilitate low-energy solutions for cooling, heating, lighting, etc. in compliance with Roche sustainability directives K6 – K18.
- Choose non-toxic products and materials with a low environmental impact.
Fit to purpose
Indoor – outdoor continuity
- Develop surrounding exterior spaces that relate directly to the use of buildings.
- Create visual and material connections between the inside and the outside.
- Prioritise the pedestrian experience by promoting connectivity between buildings and open spaces.
- Support intuitive wayfinding and orientation.
- Arrange seating and planting areas to be intertwined with user activities.
Creative outdoor spaces
- Support creative uses of open spaces as unconventional work settings.
- Place lounge seating or café tables and chairs outdoors for casual work sessions or meetings.
- Creative uses may promote well-being, recreation, and contemplation.
- Select durable, resistant, easy-to-clean materials and design solutions.
- Plan low maintenance systems and easy accessible HVAC and MEP installations.
- Practice a low water use green concept.
- Define a Life Cycle strategy based on the Dia Life Cycle Asset Management (LCAM) process.
- Follow the building operation manual. Use the building management system to monitor, analyze and reset for optimum efficiency in operation.
Form at human scale
Form and character
- Define a clear design concept, site-specific and that reflects local identity.
- Formal language is to be consistent throughout the site.
- Landscape elements belong to a series or design family to create a harmonious ensemble.
Vegetation in natural form
- Respect long-term development of natural settings.
- Simple geometries express clear, functional organization.
- Let plants and trees grow and shape naturally; do not create artificial geometries or manicured elements.
- Do not employ lawn as the default landscape.
Movement and organic shapes
- Balance the rigid shapes of buildings with organic landscapes in between.
- Design shapes that relate to body movement, proportions and are adapted to the topography.
- Don’t use unnecessary elements, design complex compositions or too fragmented outdoor spaces.
Find the essential
- Employ a consistent, harmonious and elegant formal language, beyond stylistic.
- Focus on a reduced expression, without superfluous ornament.
- Present a timeless, clear geometry and simple appearance.
- Use reduced number of different materials, preferring the natural and authentic.
The atmosphere of space
- Sites should be experienced and understood as a cohesive whole.
- Plan a consistent articulation of spaces.
- The character of spaces is defined according to their specific function, location, and relationship to buildings.
- Create zones and sequences of spaces to enhance the user’s sensorial experience.
- The linking of spaces through movement creates the place.
- Design spaces of contrasted character according to function and typology.
- Establish focal points and connect them to guide the viewer across the site.
- Create appropriate levels of lighting with uniform colour.
- Employ modest and efficient light fixtures with neutral shapes to aid in wayfinding.
- Avoid a theatrical appearance produced by artificial lighting effects.
- Minimise light pollution.
Adapted to the local environment
Responding to the environment
- Maintain harmony with the surrounding environment.
- Work with the existing topography and respect natural water drainage.
- Create comfortable micro-climates.
- Provide temporary landscaping for future development plots.
- Preserve existing local plants and introduce other indigenous species.
- Species of different ecological niches increase local biodiversity.
- Drought-resistant plants should be used in zones where water is scarce.
Strengthen the site’s identity
- Incorporate cultural influences through consistent abstract interpretation of the local tradition and architectural expression.
- Consider the integration of art into landscape, in alignment with Roche brand and tradition.
Natural local materials
- Employ natural materials that are sustainable, durable, locally sourced, and reflect the local character.
- Use low contrast and muted colour variations to produce a monochromatic result overall.
- Do not incorporate any discernible stylish pattern or graphic motif.
- Limit the materials palette to a minimum, material changes should serve to assist site functionality and are not arbitrary.