Body of research
Medical University of Graz, Institute of Anatomy
After having spent years scattered all across town, the field of anatomy at the Medical University of Graz is being given its own institute and location. This new institute’s home will be in a building that used to house the Diagnostic and Research Institute of Pathology, situated in the northeast of Graz at the edge of the forest called the Leechwald where the grounds of the LKH – University Hospital Graz end. Medicine’s more “unsettling” research specialties frequently lead marginal existences, being easily hidden in the shadows cast by other medical facilities. Therefore, we’re using our adaptation and expansion of the future institute building to give the field of anatomy the representative home it deserves.
We’re giving anatomy, an area of medicine traditionally characterized by low visibility, a proud and open building.
We started with the historical building, which had been missing one crucial element: a central entrance area where students, employees, and visitors could gather, communicate, and get oriented. To this end, we’re activating the building’s closed eastern side, which—thanks to its orientation toward the street and the clinic—is virtually predestined to host the main entrance. Inside the building here, part of the first upper level will give way to a bright, open ground-floor foyer that enhances the whole facility and connects it with the public realm.
Views in and out
From the foyer, we head into the building’s depths, where we perform the biggest intervention in the existing site: in order to provide a connecting element between the old building and our new structure, we’re excavating a basement for the new large lecture hall. This keeps the aboveground area free for a quiet, green courtyard while, below, the Institute’s repertoire is expanded by a multi-purpose space for events, lectures, etc.—enabling the overall complex to thoroughly embody the open, communicative, and modern self-image of the Medical University of Graz.
It’s in particular this generous reinforcement of the central area on two levels that moves one to expect a lively and cheerful world of learning.
Excerpt from the jury statement
On the other hand, the study and teaching of anatomy also requires secure, limited-access areas, for which reason the true challenges of this project lie in the resulting contrast between public and closed zones. So especially in our new two-story building in the rear, which houses facilities including the dissecting rooms and the morgue, we’ve paid great attention to both balance and barriers between protected areas for research in a respectful atmosphere and areas for interdisciplinary exchange.
What we’re ultimately trying to do is to create a respectful environment for research on human beings as well as for the human beings themselves—a place where clinical research is given space alongside complex work and lively discussion.
We build on education
The Institute of Anatomy is our contribution to one of Austria’s largest construction projects: around the grounds of the existing LKH – University Hospital Graz facilities, a modern 4.3 hectare campus for teaching, research, and communication is being created. Several kilometers up the road, in Leoben, we’re also currently planning a study center for the Montanuniversität Leoben as well as restoring and designing an addition to Leoben’s historic school building.
Type of commission
EU-weit nicht offener einstufiger Wettbewerb
Scope of commission
Net usable floor area
Gross floor area
Thomas Rögelsperger (PL), Anna Ladurner, Carla Kuhn, Suvi Repo, Ajdin Vukovic, Julia Sonnleitner, Lara Baler
kppk ZT GmbH
kppk ZT GmbH
Fire safety planning
Norbert Rabl Ziviltechniker GmbH