Smart Energy

Smart Energy

Cambridge, MA | 2013

In 2013 Small Design Firm was asked to create a museum for the global biotechnology leader Biogen Idec in the lobby of their headquarters in Cambridge, Ma. The museum lobby features nine individual installations that introduce visitors to all aspects of the company, from it’s legacy of innovation in medical therapies to the diverse staff that create them.

Smart energy consists of a series of live terrariums, gauges, character displays, a water flow system and a single screen. The arrangement provides a striking backdrop to a small seating area. Each terrarium represents one of the buildings at our Cambridge site and is linked to a structure representing Biogen Idec’s cogeneration plant. The information displayed on the screen, gauges and character displays is drawn from Biogen Idec’s steam plant instrumentation. The screen receives new historical data each morning and the gauges and character displays are updated with live data at five minute intervals throughout the day.