Karolinska Institutet builds for the future
Karolinska Institutet and Akademiska Hus are developing new, modern buildings designed to better meet the future needs of research and education. This major development project will strengthen Karolinska Institutet's position as one of the world's leading medical universities.
Karolinska Institutet, part of Hagastaden
The major investment at Karolinska Institutet is part of the development of the Hagastaden district with a new university hospital, flats and offices that will bind Solna to Stockholm and create a vibrant science district of the city.
Need of effective premises
Karolinska Institutet has had a long-standing need for new premises to accommodate the growth of research and education, and because many of its current buildings are outdated and scientifically ineffective. Modern medical research requires ever more access to advanced and expensive equipment, which, if it is to be cost-effective, should be widely shared by researchers.
Now that the development of Hagastaden and a new, ultra-modern university hospital is underway, the time is ripe for Karolinska Institutet to bring to fruition its plans for the Solna Campus. It is particularly important to exploit the collaborative and efficiency potential offered by the new hospital, which will be the university's closest neighbour. The plan is to link the lecture hall complex and the new research lab to the hospital building.
Four new buildings on the Solna Campus
- Aula Medica - auditorium for 1000 persons, conference facilities and offices
- Biomedicum - highly specialised laboratory
- Gamma - laboratory and offices
- The Widerström Building (Widerströmska huset) - office and education block
The new buildings add about 90,000 square meters to Karolinska Institutet's premises, while the university will be vacating roughly 45,000 square meters of its current holdings.
The new buildings are located along Solnavägen, the main road separating Karolinska Institutet from the new university hospital. From having been almost invisible from the main road, the university presents a proud new face towards the city.
New laboratory facilities at campus Huddinge
New, modern laboratory facilities will be also constructed for Karolinska Institutet at campus Huddinge. On December 12, 2013, the agreement concerning the new building was officially decided and signed. The Huddinge laboratory building will be situated next to a new complex to be constructed for KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology. The Karolinska Institutet premises will include an office space of 15,000 square meters and is planned to be ready for use in late 2017.
Better study environments
Karolinska Institutet is also improving and renovating student learning environments in a project titled Future learning environments.
Spaces around teaching rooms and other places for students are renovated and refitted to create environments more conducive to socialising, group work and self-study. Improving lecture rooms and other study premises is also a part of the project. The interiors have been designed by Tengbom after a concept produced by White Architects.
The project has been implemented on the Solna and Huddinge Campus, and will be implemented at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, Stockholm South General (Söder) as well as Danderyd hospital.
New student flats being planned on campus Solna
If all goes according to plan, 420 new rooms will be standing ready on the Solna campus at the end of 2015, in the hope that it will boost KI’s competitive standing by giving precedence to overseas students and visiting researchers.
City street and welcoming facades
Besides fulfilling the purely functional needs of the university, Akademiska Hus and Karolinska Institutet aim to keep the inner campus environment intact by locating the new buildings with their more modern architectonic expression on the campus periphery, as a protective wall for the grassy areas and the traditional, low-rise brick buildings. These new buildings will also open up Karolinska Institutet to the street and make it more welcoming to passers-by on Solnavägen. There are also plans to further improve the campus environment by relocating the car parks and improving the landscaping.
Buildings by Akademiska Hus
Most of the construction work is being overseen by Akademiska Hus. Akademiska Hus and Karolinska Institutet are working with far-sighted development plans for the Solna Campus.
New knowledge environments take us into the future: A chronicle by Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson, former President at Karolinska Institutet, and Sten Wetterblad, Regional Director of Akademiska Hus Stockholm.
Attractive research environments for an expanding university: Rune Fransson on the Solna Campus development.