Published: 2020-09-22 10:12 | Updated: 2020-09-22 10:27

Biomedicum wins Mipim Awards 2020

View over stairwell, corridor and atrium.
Research lab Biomedicum. Photo: Jean-Bapiste Béranger, Akademiska Hus.

Karolinska Institutet's building and research lab Biomedicum in Solna wins the prestigious international competition Mipim Awards 2020 in the category Best Healthcare Development. Biomedicum was the only Swedish contribution among the nominations. The building has previously also won the Swedish award Building of the Year.

The Mipim Awards are awarded at the French real estate fair in Paris of the same name, which is one of the world's largest in the real estate industry. Biomedicum was built and is managed by property company Akademiska Hus.

"Biomedicum has meant much better conditions for large parts of KI's laboratory research activities. The last six months have been extremely intense, not least when it comes to medical research in a laboratory environment, and Biomedicum has met all expectations. On behalf of the Swedish Public Health Agency, we managed to support enabling large-scale analysis of covid-19 samples in a short time. I would like to stress the importance of good cooperation with Akademiska Hus. We are very pleased to be able to conduct our business in this modern and updated environment and proud that Biomedicum is now being recognized in a positive way again," says Property Director Rikard Becker.

Meeting point for cross-border research

Biomedicum, is one of Europe's largest research labs with space for up to 1,600 researchers and other staff. The building has eleven floors and is equipped with cutting-edge technology to enable world-leading experimental research. Biomedicum aims to promote interaction, new collaborations and the exchange of experiences, ideas, and techniques across borders when several scientific disciplines are gathered under one roof for the first time.

"We are incredibly proud that Biomedicum is being recognized internationally and that the building is once again being praised. The aim has been to create a unique meeting point for cross-border research and collaboration. This award is proof that we have succeeded in this through good cooperation with KI and the other parties involved," says Hayar Gohary, Project Director at Akademiska Hus.

Facts Biomedicum

Start of construction: 2013
Occupation: 2018
Developer: Akademiska Hus
Tenant: Karolinska Institutet
Architect: CF Möller
Interior architect: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
General contractor: Skanska
Total area: 65,000 m2