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Centro di ricerca ONCOLOGICA Agora

The smart monolith

Behnisch Architekten

Europa | Losanna

Behnisch Architekten have excelled at shoehorning buildings into tight urban sites and giving them a distinctive presence. They have done it on home ground, in Stuttgart and Boston, and they won a limited competition to place the Agora Cancer Research Center on a narrow, highly visible site overlooking Lausanne. The challenge was to integrate the new building with the medical campus of the cantonal university, and relate it to the massive block of the hospital and a scatter of smaller buildings. The center was shaped by its location at the edge of a steep forested hillside and by the desire to maintain view corridors between neighboring structures. An overriding goal was to promote interaction among the 400 researchers who work in the four levels of laboratories and offices, entered from an atrium, and in the auditorium and restaurant/café on the lower floor. A geometric...

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