Caruso St John Architects has unveiled programs for a new £160 million biomedical laboratory at University of Basel, Switzerland, which features a gridded glass facade and a concrete base with arch-shaped notches.

The company saw off competition from studios such as David Chipperfield Architects with its proposal for the 35,000-square-metre creating, which consists of 6 floors of laboratories.

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Hollows in the concrete base of the Division of Biomedicine will type entrances and make sure the building clears a footpath. The upper storeys will be covered in a panes of glass measuring 80 by 80 centimetres, delivering views into the laboratories.

“The huge volume of the new constructing for biomedicine is uniformly covered with a skin of cast glass,” stated a statement issued by the studio. “The glass is transparent and clear and it allows all workstations an unobstructed view. But the glass is also thick, which corresponds to the curved specifics and its rounded corners.”

University of Basel by Caruso St John

The creating will be connected to the university’s pharmaceutical centre in the St Johann district of the city.

It will change the institution’s existing laboratory and educating building, and stand on a site near other health care science departments and university hospitals.

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Aside from testing laboratories, regions of the building will be focused as offices, conference rooms, and for keeping rats and mice.

It will host 70 research groups specialising in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, stem cells and regenerative medication.

University of Basel by Caruso St John

An inner layer of pigmented glass will sit behind the building’s gridded facade, created to cast subtly coloured reflections.

Curving glass walls will enclose stairwells, whilst corrugated glazing will surround offices and laboratories. The project is due to total in 2022.

Caruso St John Architects not too long ago converted a row of theatre warehouses into a gallery for British artist Damien Hirst, and completed the third and greatest of the Gagosian’s outposts in London. Previously, the company undertook a £45 million renovation of the Tate Britain.

Renderings are by Caruso St John Architects.

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