3XN has won a competition for the design of an innovation center for health and life science companies, called "Forskaren". Providing office spaces, restaurants, cafes, and an exhibition area, the 24,000 sqm building is designed with the highest sustainability standards in mind and will pursue LEED Platinum certification.
Located between the Karolinska University Hospital and the old Stockholm city hospital, the new Center will become a part of Hagastaden district and play a major role in the development of world-class research in health, life science and treatment, attracting new talents with exciting opportunities as a hub for different scale companies of the industry.
The concept aims for an open, light, and welcoming building featuring natural materials both in the exterior and the interior. The circular shape is highlighted by the dynamic façade made of rhythmically placed wooden slats, while the glass entrance allows a sneak peek inside for passers-by, emphasizing the openness and transparency. The central piece of the interior atrium is a spiral staircase, while each floor has its own space to be used both by permanent tenants and visiting professionals.
”Forskaren is a very ambitious project,” says Jan Ammundsen, Partner in Charge and Senior Partner at 3XN. ”The building will serve as a landmark of its central location, where it will interact with the city and create new collaborative environments. In addition, sustainability is front and center and the building will provide optimal daylight, social zones and green settings for those working within.”
Pursuing the highest standards of sustainable design, Forskaren effectively uses solar energy by connecting the rooftop solar panels to building systems like ventilation, heating, and cooling. The rainwater is collected and filtered to then be used for watering plants and flushing toilets, while the temperature during the summer is controlled by the earth -- the ground under the building stores thermal energy, while the circulating water is cooled by a heat pump, providing the building with appropriate indoor climate.
News via 3XN.