Galapagos | Leiden

Interior Gardens, Landscape Design

Architect: OZ Architects

Location: Oegstgeest

Design Year: 2020-2021

Construction Year: 2020-2022

Project: Biophilic design in the interior, green walls, and backyard garden

Parties involved:  CBRE Netherlands, Provast

Construction:  Donkergroen

Photo credits: Jordi Huisman


Galapagos is a fully integrated biotechnology company with a focus on the key therapeutic areas of immunology and oncology and united around a single purpose: to transform patient outcomes through life-changing science and innovation for more years of life and quality of life. MOSS has been hired to imagine a biophilic experience both inside and outside the new office, to create in-depth and interactive designs for both permanent and temporary spaces throughout the site. Most people around the world resort to connecting with nature on weekends, but Galapagos seeks big green gestures in and around its new office to create a homey, welcoming, and no-nonsense atmosphere where the team can connect with greenery around the clock.


Our first action was to wrap the interior in greenery. More than 200m2 of lush vertical green walls clad the interior in biophilia. More than 50 species of plants are incorporated in the walls, interior planters, and green furniture elements. Based on their compositions, we have arranged plantings to instill a sense of calmness or collaboration. These selections are a robust mix of plants that bring a year-long connection to nature indoors.


At the entrance, we have laid out a dynamic and green approach to the building. The route promotes a stroll beside a seasonal garden by way of incorporating soft lines and geometries — shapes that promote slowing down and connecting with the flora and fauna hosted in these garden beds. Visitors absorbing the view will notice birdhouses, insect hotels, and depending on the seasons, scores of butterflies fluttering around the floral garden perimeter.


The outdoor design for this project also includes a quiet backyard garden that opens up to a waterway for employees to find space for respite. The side garden also allows for shared activities and programs, with a space for small presentations, informal meetings, and an outdoor workout space. Visitors of the garden are granted the chance to feel the exhilaration of being out on the water without ever having left land.