Bell Works Atrium in Holmdel NJ

Welcome to the Metroburb

Bell Works is the reimagination of the historic former Bell Labs building in Holmdel, N.J. Today, the building is a one-of-a kind destination for business and culture, complete with a blossoming ecosystem of technology, traditional offices, retail, dining, hospitality, and much more. Bell Works is open to the public seven days a week.

What is a Metroburb?


(Noun) /metroburb/

An urban hub. A little metropolis in suburbia.

“A large-scale mixed-use building, with great access, office, retail, entertainment, hospitality, residential, health, wellness, fitness, everything you would find in a metropolis but in a great suburban location. If you build it, you will have more demand than you can possibly supply.”

Bell Labs to Bell Works

Bell Labs to Bell Works

Bell Works is the reimagination of the historic former Bell Labs building, in Holmdel, N.J. Designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen in 1962, Bell Labs was a birthplace for many leading technological innovations of the 20th century. Now, the building has been reborn as a lively Metroburb, or metropolis in suburbia – a one-of-a-kind destination for business and culture, complete with a blossoming ecosystem of technology, traditional offices, retail, dining, and much more.

old Bell Labs phone booth

Perfectly Situated

Perfectly Situated

Situated along Crawfords Corner Road, Bell Works is approximately one mile from Exit 114 of the Garden State Parkway. Its central New Jersey location provides easy access to points north and south.

map of New Jersey with Bell Works location

Bell Works Passport


Tele­photography Machine

Sends political convention photos long distance for newspaper publication.

Long Distance Television Machine

Sends images of Herbert Hoover via phone.

Cosmic Radio Waves

Karl Janksy discovers three types of static; nearby thunderstorms, distant thunderstorms, and the center of the Milky Way; at Crawford Hill, Holmdel, NJ.

Binary Digital Computer

George Stibitz designs the Complex Number Calculator, which performs mathematical operations in binary form using one-off relays and finds the quotient of two 8-digit numbers in 30 seconds.


Invented by John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley. This first solid vacuum tube resulted in the transistor: a fundamental building block of modern electronic devices winning the Nobel Prize in 1956.

Microwave Tower Stations

400 stations are scattered across the country, by 1958 the microwave carrier made up 13,000,000 miles of American telephone circuits.

First Transatlantic Telephone Cable

Connects the US with Europe by carrying up to 36 simultaneous calls. 

Laser ‘Light Ampli­fication by Stimulated Emission Radiation’

Harnessed excited molecules and atoms to make light in an extremely pure form which led to all digital laser technologies. 

Horn Antenna & Transmission Dish

Picks up a static noise providing the strongest evidence to date that the universe was created in a ‘Big Bang’ explosion.

1959-1962: Construction of Bell Laboratory in Holmdel, NJ

It was said that connection and collaboration between researchers within this building was the fabric of Bell. 

1960-1964: Project Echo

Experimental Balloon Satellite first indication of worldwide satellite communication system; a coast to coast (Crawford Hill at Holmdel, NJ to Goldstone, CA) voice transmission bounced off a man-made satellite. 

Contin­uously Operated Laser Beam

Leads to fiber-optic communications.

Bellboy Pager

One of the first consumer applications of the transistor, this personal pager alerts sounds upon incoming calls thus keeping Bellboys and Doctors alike in constant contact.

Telstar I

First orbiting communications satellite to receive, amplify, and transmit voice and data.

Touch-tone Telephone

Enables voicemail and call centers.

1969-1972: Unix Operating System

Became the ‘Gold standard of operating systems’ and the Internet’s foundation, developed by Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie.

1978-1980: Commercial Cellular Network and Digital Cellular Phone

Connects the country wirelessly and makes us all the more hip.

Fiber Optic Cable Laid Across Atlantic

Leads to global connectivity and would not have been possible if Bell Labs had not developed the technology to make optical fiber practical.



















Bell Works Case Study

By HLW and the USC Spatial Sciences Institute

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