Charité - Universitätsmedizin

New building for surgery, intensive and emergency medicine, and ward refurbishment

Client:
Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Project period:
2011 - 2016

Site:
Luisenstrasse 64, 10117 Berlin

Usable area:
34,000 sqm

The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is one of Europe's largest university hospitals. At the site in the heart of Berlin the multi-storey ward building will be refurbished and a new building for surgery and intensive and emergency medicine will be erected at the same time. This project is a decisive step in the master plan of the Charité at its central campus with which the 300-year-old history of this medically renowned and important site will be developed.

The new structure is designed as a five-floor cube and is connected to the multi-storey ward building by a light steel-and-glass bridge. To save costs it will be fitted with a composite thermal insulation system. In the interior of the building, an inner courtyard provides for an influx of natural daylight. The operating theatres and PACU unit have skylights to ensure that these areas are also naturally lit.

The ward building itself will be stripped back to its load-bearing core and the static structure redeveloped as a reinforced concrete steel construction in bulkhead design. For cost reasons the design must broadly adhere to the existing ground plan as the original building was erected with no load-bearing reserves. Intervention in this structure is not possible without significant compensatory measures. On the ground floor the entrance hall will be enlarged by removing ceiling panels to improve the existing oppressive sensation of confined space. The forecourt in front of the ward building will be redesigned and so reclaimed as an urban location. The construction project was awarded with a functional specification to a general contractor who was required from the project scheduling stage to carry out of the further planning, construction and commissioning of both buildings. The general contractor was also required to reach agreement on functional and medical procedures with the building users.

The project meant coping with significant building logistical and infrastructural demands. The central operating theatre block of the Charité Mitte campus located behind the ward building had to remain operational during construction. Consequently, patients were moved along specially designed, hygienically sound routes across the building site inside the multi-storey ward building, even though the building itself was completely gutted and had lost its façade. The key inner-city location called for considerable logistical efforts to ensure that the essential material deliveries and removals to and from the site did not interfere with the scheduled bus services and other public transport.

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