TRIA Selected to Design Ironwood Pharmaceuticals’ Downtown Boston Headquarters

TRIA Selected to Design Ironwood Pharmaceuticals’ Downtown Boston Headquarters


September 5, 2019

New office at 100 Summer Street designed to inspire and foster a culture of innovation

 BOSTON – September 4, 2019 TRIA, a partner-led architecture firm with a focus on designing unique spaces for science, technology, and corporate clients, announced today that it is designing a new headquarters in downtown Boston for Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: IRWD), a gastrointestinal (GI)-focused healthcare company. TRIA was selected to provide space planning and corporate interior design services for the design and build-out of Ironwood’s new 39,000 SF headquarters at 100 Summer Street. Re-locating from Cambridge, Mass., Ironwood expects to complete its move to its new office in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Mark Mallon, chief executive officer of Ironwood stated, “From the beginning of this project, TRIA’s highly skilled interior design team helped to shape our vision for a collaborative workspace. We believe this new space will provide an inspiring work environment for employees and help to foster a strong culture of innovation and collaboration.”

TRIA’s design for Ironwood’s new headquarters is intended to provide an efficient and collaborative workspace in an open concept office plan. Collaboration areas with soft seating will be interspersed to create neighborhoods throughout the open office, which will also offer bench seating and personal lockers. Wooden millwork elements break up the open space further to serve as subtle room dividers while creating storage and semi-private nooks. The office will provide a variety of workspaces for heads-down work and collaboration, including a library, huddle spaces, phone rooms, and conference rooms of various sizes. To encourage interaction and movement, Ironwood’s new office also will feature a large multi-use café space, a coffee bar, and locker rooms with showers.

Sourcing inspiration from Ironwood’s name, TRIA’s design melds industrial and organic architectural elements to give the space a unified feel. Exposed ceilings, columns and concrete floors are softened by wood finishes and earth-tone colors, distinctive to each neighborhood. Slatted-wood structures offer visual variety throughout the space and provide employees with portals for focused work. Fun yet informative graphics and company branding will be placed throughout the space to raise awareness of the GI medical conditions that the company’s medicines are designed to treat.

The Ironwood project team includes:

  • Architect: TRIA
  • General Contractor: Lee Kennedy Construction
  • MEP/FP Engineer: WB Engineers
  • Owner’s Project Manager and Lease Broker: Cushman & Wakefield
  • Office Furniture: Red Thread

About TRIA

TRIA is a full-service architecture firm that values client relationships above all. The firm’s principal-driven approach puts our leadership team at the table with client decision-makers, working together to envision success, solve problems and deliver exceptional results. Our lab design and corporate interiors teams strive to learn every client’s unique DNA, and by doing so, we create efficient and energizing spaces that reflect a company’s culture and foster innovation. At TRIA, we design spaces that enable business success and advance new discoveries – in the lab, around the office, and beyond. Visit us on the web at and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.