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© Marcus Ebener

The urban cubage for the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology, located on Humboldt University’s future »Campus of Life Sciences« in the Berlin-Mitte district, emerges from the summation of two volumes. With their different heights and angular arrangement, these two volumes form a distinct structure that formulates a forecourt with a new approach to campus. The building’s floor plan seeks to stimulate the interdisciplinary workflow and the communication among the research teams. A negative space, which connects all stories and houses a circular staircase, represents the distinct center of the building, aids in orientation and provides users with a gathering point for communication. The conference rooms, common rooms and kitchenettes are located here. As the scientists conduct research across program and discipline, as well as follow mathematical approaches, the institute combines workstations for classical molecular biology work with workstations for computationally intensive, bioinformatic and theoretical work. The allocation of each type of workstation can vary and be adapted for each team.


BDA Prize Berlin 2021 - Honorable Mention

Competition 1st Prize, 2013
Client Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Planning started 2013
Completion 2019
Total floor area 10,500 sqm

Project Management: Petra Wäldle
Team: Sarah Stöcker, Annette Leber, Ivan Kaleov, Roberto Zitelli, Carina Kinzel, Georg Hana

Planning and Realization
Project Coordination: Alfred Nieuwenhuizen
Project Management: Ulf Theenhausen
Team: Jens Achtermann, Sonja Hehemann, Diana Sarić, Sylvio Heuer, Sophie Büchner, Fabian Weber, Sophie Hartmann, Manuela Jochheim, Brian Cash
Construction Management Coordination: Dirk Richter
Senior Construction Management: Johan Jensen

Landscape architecture: Levin Monsigny Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin
Art in architecture, outside: Barbara Trautmann »SPLASH«
Art in architecture, inside: Studio Gründel Kirfel »These little things are everywhere but only a few are examined by an artist«
Marcus Ebener, Noshe