Our spaces, Roche guide of the built environment

Interiors Key Features


Ahead of time

Designed for flexibility

  • Define level of adaptability according to the project priorities, many movable partitions are not always the best solution.
  • Think modular for base design elements and infrastructure.
  • Chose flexible, customizable, and reconfigurable furniture solutions.

Sustainable technology

  • 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.

Showcase innovation

  • Communicate innovation, and showcase science and technology as the brand’s driving mission.
  • Show works in progress on integrated wall spaces, display cases, or media screens.
  • Provide multi-purpose spaces that encourage creativity and sharing knowledge and ideas.

Raw, spartan and sustainable

  • Adopt new, recycled, reusable and recyclable solutions to new requirements. Rethink furniture design out of the box.
  • Propose furniture that has a casual, raw and spartan character.
  • Foster creativity and optimise investments by designing flexible, reconfigurable and modular assemblies.
  • Adapt design to Scrum methodology.


Fit to purpose

Make your choice

  • Interpret the Workplace Strategy as functional base for the workplace design.
  • Promote variable placement and alternative work situations.
  • Offer a diversity of spaces ranging in size and character. Avoid one solution that fits all.
  • Design different functional spaces with changing ambiences following typological criteria to achieve a balanced mix. Do not follow an eclectic design approach.

Designed for people

  • Layout provides space adjacencies for optimum functionality, according to Workplace Strategy.
  • Design solutions for providing the right level of privacy, acoustic, light, and thermal comfort depending on space requirements, as defined in the project performance specifications.

Easy maintenance

  • 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

Find the essential

  • Employ a consistent, harmonious elegant formal language, beyond stylistic.
  • Focus on a reduced expression, without superfluous ornament.
  • Present a timeless, clear geometry, simple appearance. 
  • Use a reduced number of authentic natural materials.

Fit for movement

  • Focus on people, and consider non-linear spatial arrangements with meandering circulation to create a more interesting spatial experience.
  • Design, where appropriate, simple organic or circular shapes that accompany the body movement.

The right proportion

  • Maximize the height for a generous space feeling.
  • Choose ceiling types according to a concept defined by space typologies.
  • Use modular, rational criteria for the rhythm of lighting and installations, according to the building’s structure.


The atmosphere of space

Bright spaces

  • All permanent workplaces should have quality natural light.
  • Allow light to travel across different areas using transparent or translucent partitions for a sense of openness.
  • Quality of light depends on the material’s reflectivity, so consider when defining colours for finishes.

Inspiring colours

  • Use of colours follows a clear concept directly related to the character of the space.
  • Colours captured from local context evoke a familiar environment that brings comfort, follow the Site Mater plan local guidelines.
  • Choose neutral, warm main colours, with no more than three accent colours, tone-in-tone.
  • Avoid many highly contrasted and saturated colours; do not use dark colours in open work space.

Creating atmospheres

  • Employ appropriate lighting solutions based on the use and functionality of each space.
  • Stick to a clear concept for fixture typologies and formal language, a system/family of fixtures with various functions.
  • Create a rich atmosphere through diversity by mixing different types of lighting; avoid a single solution that fits all.
  • Select appropriate light colour temperature for each space based on function and considering natural light and finish colours.
  • All lighting should be a minimum of 80% efficiency LED, in compliance with Roche K18 Directive.
  • Ensure a balanced illumination effect by combining direct and diffused lighting and using appropriate light intensity.

Close to nature

  • Plants and planters should be an integral part of the interior design concept.
  • The height of vegetation must adapt to the size of space, to contribute to a sense of openness.
  • Arrange plants in groups with diverse sizes and species, and use them for different functions.
  • The chosen species must have a low water consumption and be of easy maintenance, in agreement with Facility Management.


Adapted to the local environment

Reinterpreting the context

  • Reference traditional architecture or local crafts through patterns, textures, and colours to strengthen the sense of belonging.
  • Propose abstract interpretations in line with Roche brand simplicity and reduced expression.
  • Avoid literal use of decorative elements and never use Roche hexagon to create patterns.
  • In alignment with Roche brand and the site Master plan guidelines.

Introducing local materials

  • Define a concept for consistency in the use of materials.
  • Reinterpret local tradition in an abstract way through materials, techniques, and patterns, in alignment with Roche brand and the local guidelines.
  • Choose durable, low-maintenance, socially responsible and locally produced materials.

Inclusive by design

  • Ensure everyone with diverse sensory experiences feels comfortable by creating a neutral and harmonious environment.
  • Provide psychological security and clarity through intuitive, logical layouts and well-proportioned circulation patterns.
  • Address all needs by designing ergonomic, flexible and reconfigurable spaces.
  • Provide free circulation and access by creating equitable spaces  that comply with the Accessibility and Gender Inclusive Checklist
  • Foster sense of belonging by encouraging social exchange, incorporating local contextual elements,  and engaging the users in design decisions.



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