Lab and research building for ETH Zürichs branch in Basel. C.F. Møller

Lab and research building for ETH Zürichs branch in Basel

A new laboratory building on Basel's life sciences campus will spearhead research into synthetic and systemic biology for one of the world's leading scientific research environments: The Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland's technical university.
 Lab and research building for ETH Zürichs branch in Basel. C.F. Møller


ETH Zürich


Basel, Switzerland


30,000 m²


2013, competition


Jauslin + S tebler Ingenieure AG, Rheinfelden Aicher, De Martin, Zweng AG, Luzern Pro Engineering, Basel Laborplaner Tonell, Gelterkinden Emmer Pfenninger Partner AG, Münchenstein Jauslin + Stebler Ingenieure AG, Muttenz Jobst Willers Engineering, Zürich Professional Security Design AG, Allschwil der ingeniör Haustechnik Planer AG, Bern


C.F. Møller Architects in collaboration with Kury Stähelin Architekten AG, Basel


Berchtold.Lenzin Landschaftsarchitekten BSLA, Liestal

  • 2nd prize in international architectural competition. 2014

The main objective of C.F. Møller's award-winning design proposals was to create architecture that encourages interaction between different professional fields and disciplines and laboratories with ample natural lighting, which are flexible in relation to meeting future needs.

From the outside, the building is a compact, hexagonal structure with clear airiness and purity of line. Every part of the building, from research environments to student activities, faces the atrium at its geographical centre. In more senses than one, this is the heart of this four-storey building.

By concentrating our work on the building's floor layout, every floor has a so-called "Open Space Layout". The laboratories' shape and function are not pre-defined. The building is essentially made of laboratory zones with mobile interiors, which can be adapted optimally to meet users' requirements and make the laboratories adaptable to future requirements. On each floor there are spaces along the lines of human flow for spontaneous meetings and informal exchange of ideas, which will promote new links and ideas in the world of research.

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