Global pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company had finished its 250,000-square-foot Corporate Center, its gateway to an extensive research and administrative campus. But one thing remained: the need for a lobby worthy of Lilly’s legacy and impact on humanity.
An aggressive nine-month schedule for the project demanded a design/build approach and a unique partnership. Designer HOK translated Lilly’s core values into complex, multilayered storylines expressed in three physical components – Life, Science, and Horizons – and relied on Xibitz to transform these abstract concepts into reality while meeting financial, brand development and scheduling goals.
Solutions include a 3,000-pound molecular ring that appears to “float” in the air; a Science Wall reflecting the convergent disciplines that intertwine in pharmaceutical research and development; and a 16-foot-tall mother and child sculpture, flanked by curved reading tables that explain its meaning to the Lilly story.
Enhancements to the executive wing of Eli Lilly’s headquarters feature one-of-a-kind designs to showcase the way Lilly develops its innovative medicines. Custom fabricated elements developed in partnership with the designer include a two-story feature wall that appears to pierce through the floor into the story above. Individual light boxes with artifacts highlight Lilly’s past, present, and future. Glass walls adorned with colorful genome art, etched graphics, and dimensional text are found throughout the space. And a large display featuring some of Lilly’s most successful brands in small vitrines with individual lighting is updatable to accommodate future achievements.