Axcelis Technologies in Beverly, MA is a leading manufacture of semiconductor process equipment. IDC Architects was charged to design a corporate headquarters whose readily identifiable and dynamic building form would be recognizable worldwide. Planned as an expansion to an existing manufacturing and support facility the program includes a demonstration cleanroom and training facility, a dining room, auditorium, and corporate offices.
To achieve the client's goals, substantial changes were required to existing building entrances, relationships, and site-wide circulation. The resulting design solution expresses the diverse programming functions through the interplay of three volumes around a stone-clad curved wall element. The curved wall serves as the marker for both the new site and building's entry while defining the corporate street, which serves as the building lobby, the demonstration cleanroom viewing corridor, and a display gallery. The corporate street is the unifying interior element establishing a primary circulation spine bridging between the new and existing buildings.
A restrained material palette inclusive of domestic limestone, flat champagne metallic metal panels and a high-performance curtain wall system is employed to compliment the existing facilities. Program Elements: Corporate Office Headquarters, Training Facility, Cleanroom, Demonstration Lab, Dining Facility, Renovation of Existing Office