Biomedicum wins Sweden’s Building of the Year 2019
C.F. Møller Architects
C.F. Møller celebrate success with design for advanced research laboratory
Biomedicum, designed by C.F. Møller Architects, has won the prestigious Swedish competition Building of the Year 2019. The laboratory building is a powerhouse for modern research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, developed by Akademiska Hus with Skanska as the contractor.
As well as praising the design, the jury were impressed by the way the construction process was handled, stating: “The project group has successfully implemented an ambitious agenda regarding its approach to collaboration, the atmosphere on the job and putting safety first. Moreover, the project was completed ahead of schedule and substantially below budget.” Mårten Leringe, partner and architect at C.F. Møller Architects, agreed that the good working practices helped produce an exceptional result, saying: “Thanks to the excellent collaboration with Akademiska Hus and the Karolinska Institute, the building has achieved a high level of architectural quality.”
The building was inaugurated in the summer of 2018, providing a unified research facility to replace previous laboratories which were spread around the campus. The new laboratory and office facilities are flexibly equipped to allow for seamless collaboration between the various research and study disciplines. Situated within the campus park, the design brings greenery inside the building under a glass-covered green atrium, while a café and public exhibition space opens up the Karolinska Institute to the city and the planned university hospital Nya Karolinska Solna.
After the announcement of the award, Richard Becker, Karolinska Institute building director, said: “We’re of course very happy and proud of this award. Biomedicum is the Karolinska Institute's biggest ever building project and a flagship for experimental basic research into health and disease – both in Sweden and internationally. Biomedicum gives KI the optimum prerequisites for successful world-class research and has been designed to develop and support creative encounters and collaboration between researchers and different institutions. This is a long-term investment for KI and Swedish research in general.”
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