BeCAT – Berlin Center of Advanced Therapies
Laboratory building

The Charité University Medicine decided to construct a laboratory building on the Campus Virchow Klinikum adjacent to the main building. Interdisciplinary research groups are to work together closely in these fields in the future. The site provides a link to the clinic and thus the necessary proximity to the patients. The entire campus of the Virchow Clinic is a listed building.
The challenge was i.a. to find an appropriate way of dealing with the spatial requirements as well as for clinical processes, the concerns of urban planning and the constraints imposed by the preservation orders. The result is an architectural design that represents the BeCAT as an innovative, state-of-the-art research building that at the same time confesses its historically grown environment: a sharp-edged building with a prismatic formed gable roof between the mansard roofs of the old buildings of the Virchow-Klinikum and the extension buildings which gables are faced to street. The monolithic appearance is achieved by an open metal mesh as a continuous façade including the roof.
The storey heights are optimised by a split-level design, two cleanroom levels are opposite three non-cleanroom levels with the same total height.

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