Building facts

Biomedicum is with its 65,000 square metres spread over eleven floors, a large building consisting of four sections. It is equipped with shared infrastructure, which means that advanced technology platforms and expensive equipment can be utilised by more people, and that research groups can collaborate to achieve results. The laboratory is one of the most modern in Europe.

Biomedicum. Photo: Stefan Zimmerman
Biomedicum. Photo: Stefan Zimmerman Photo: Stefan Zimmerman

Biomedicum facilities

The building is designed to promote meetings, interaction and collaboration across scientific borders and includes features like:

  • Variation of laboratories to meet many different needs
  • Grouping of researchers across department borders
  • Open plan offices/small offices near lab
  • Core facilities for state of the art equipment
  • Atrium with café, conference and auditorium
  • Approximately 500 lunch seats on floor 3, 4 and 10
  • Shared freight and mail reception
  • Shared waste management facilities
  • Central gases N2, CO2 and carbogen
  • Common spaces for interaction
  • One entrance with one reception

Brief facts

Start of construction: 2013
Move-in date: 2018
Activity: Experimental research in an advanced laboratory environment
Location: In the eastern part of the Solna Campus along Solnavägen, between Aula Medica and the Widerström Building
Gross floor area: Approximately 65,000 sq. m
Main usable area: Approximately 44,500 sq. m
Laboratories: 26 lab quarters (800-1000 sq. m each with room for 55-60 scientists each)
Developer/Landlord: Akademiska Hus
Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
Interior Architect: Nyréns Arkitektkontor
Tenant: Karolinska Institutet
General contractor: Skanska


2013: Start
2014: Allocation of research facilities
2015: Autumn: House A in Biomedicum erected
2016: First delivery of lab interior
2016: Autumn: Façade of glass in place
2016: Allocation of research groups
2018: Moving in, inauguration

Building basics

A-D: The Biomedicum building is spread over eleven floors and consists of four sections connected with slits and an atrium; E. F: Entrance level H: Skyway to BioClinicum, Karolinska University Hospital´s new laboratory for clinical research J: Culvert to Karolinska University Hospital G: Loading dock. Photo: CF Møller Architechts
illustration of floors in Biomedicum, from 0-10
Biomedicum floor by floor. Photo: CF Møller Architechts

Floor by floor

00: Parking
01: Basement, with a culvert to Karolinska University Hospital
02: Solnavägen, split level
03-10: Above ground starting on campus level
03: Reception
04: Interconnecting skyway and skyways to Karolinska University Hospital´s clinical research lab BioClinicum and to the house Wargentin
04-09: 26 lab quarters for 55 – 60 people each
10: Common spaces for meals and social interaction

Illustration of a floor in Biomedicum
Illustration of a floor in Biomedicum.
Illustration allocation principles in Biomedicum.
Core facilities.
sample board colour and material in Biomedicum
Biomedicum - Colour and material interior. Photo: CF Møller Architechts

Colours and material

Buildings in the park – A park in the building

Karolinska Institutet´s campus Solna, is known for its red brick buildings, spread out in the green park. The basic idea is that the Biomedicum building will not only be a new building in the park – but also “a park in the building”. With a large roof of glass, a green atrium and plant walls in the “slits” in the common spaces, the campus ´own green landscape “moves” into the building.

Facade Biomedicum, view from Solnavägen
Biomedicum's facade from Solnavägen. Photo: Stefan Zimmerman,Bildmakarna

The façade

The design of Biomedicum’s façade takes its starting-point first and foremost from the site and from Campus. It is a large building consisting of four sections surrounding a covered atrium, where each section angles out to break up the long façades and create a shadow effect. Between the buildings are gaps – these are meeting places and should be seen as such! Therefore, the double-skin façade breaks at these slots, making the division of the building even more apparent. The single-skin façades of the gaps contrast with the rest of the façade and contribute to greater transparency into the house.


two persons (architects) discussing moodboards of Biomedicum
Lotte Søborg and Sara Nilsson from CF Møller Architects discussing the laboratory building. Photo: unknown

Meet the architects

Akademiska Hus has developed a series of films to document the building process of Biomedicum and to highlight how the company works in large construction project. In this film the architects Lotte Søborg and Sara Nilsson from the CF Møller Architects talks about their thoughts behind the laboratory building, that will become one of Europe's largest.

Meet the architects of Biomedicum (in Swedish)

There is also another film, where Magnus Huss, project manager at Akademiska Hus, describes the advanced building process of Biomedicum.

Meet the Akademiska Hus project manager of Biomedicum