Aachen, DE


Multidisciplinary Planning, Project Management, Architecture, Building Services, Laboratory Planning, Clean Room Planning, Building Physics, Energy Concept


BLB NRW Aachen


7.618 m² GFA | 39.072 m³ GV

Construction costs

EURO 16.6 million

Project term

January 2013 – December 2017


1st prize (VOF 2013)

The new building for the Center for Biohybrid Medical Systems (CBMS) at RWTH Aachen is at the interface between the university hospital and Campus Melaten. Laboratories are housed in the research building, where various research groups from the IME and ExMI institutes at RWTH Aachen develop synergies together. The most difficult task when it comes to planning is in taking into account and coordinating the various requirements of the separate research groups which use the different laboratory areas.

A mixed-use concept, including workshops and laboratories as well as offices and conference rooms, is typical of the new building. Office space in the institute has been assigned to the Mechatronics, Electronics, Biology and Chemistry departments on a floor-by-floor basis. To improve communication, a view of the laboratories from the offices was created via the corridors and the atrium. The laboratory areas can be lit via the atrium. This makes it possible to accommodate the main floor space in the center despite the cubic shape of the building, and to directly connect the office, evaluation, development laboratories and SystemLab functions together in sequence. Production lines are created which aid the research of the product development process.

RWTH Aachen CBMS Aachen

The simple and modular structure of the laboratory areas is extremely flexible. It is possible to be flexible in responding to particular requirements from individual research groups. At 120 cm, the laboratory raster provides enough space to arrange even large appliances and special pieces of furniture without them coming into conflict.

RWTH Aachen CBMS Aachen

MAPI scanners and MRTs are shielded behind a screen on the ground floor to eliminate sources of interference from the street. Meeting rooms for internal or institute-related use are adjacent to the office buildings on the ground floor as well as all four upper floors.