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Biomedicum wins Mipim Awards

Thursday, 17 September 2020


Prizes continue to pour in for Biomedicum, one of the largest medical research labs in Europe, which Akademiska Hus built for Karolinska Institutet in Solna. As the only Swedish nominee, tonight the building took home the prize in the prestigious international Mipim Awards 2020 competition.

Biomedicum won first prize in the Best Healthcare Development category at the real estate event in Paris.

“We are incredibly proud that Biomedicum has been internationally recognised and that once again the building has garnered a prize.The objective has been to create a unique gathering point for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. This award confirms that we have succeeded in this effort through excellent collaboration with KI and other involved parties,” says Hayar Gohary, project manager at Akademiska Hus.

Biomedicum is one of the largest research labs in Europe with room for up to 1,600 researchers and other personnel at Karolinska Institutet. The eleven-floor building is equipped with the latest technology to facilitate world-leading experimental research. Biomedicum will promote interaction, new collaborations and the exchange of experiences, ideas and techniques across borders now that several scientific disciplines are gathered under one roof for the first time. This construction project is the largest ever undertaken by Akademiska Hus and was ready for occupancy in April 2018 – ahead of schedule and under budget.

“Biomedicum has provided greatly improved conditions for large parts of KI’s laboratory research activities. The past six months have been extremely intensive, especially regarding medical research in the laboratory environment, and Biomedicum has met all expectations. At the request of the Swedish Public Health Agency, we managed to quickly switch gears to enable large-scale analysis of COVID-19 tests. I would like to emphasise the importance of our excellent collaboration with Akademiska Hus. We are extremely pleased to be able to conduct our activities in this modern and updated environment and we are proud that Biomedicum has now once again been honoured in this way,” says Rikard Becker, facilities manager at KI. 

Biomedicum has been recognised on several occasions, including being designated Building of the Year 2019. 

Facts about Biomedicum

Construction start: 2013
Occupancy: 2018
Developer: Akademiska Hus
Tenant: Karolinska Institutet
Architect: CF Möller
Interior designer: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
Contractor: Skanska
Total area: 65,000 m2