Masterplan Forschungscampus Empa Eawag, Etappe 1

Short description

In the first stage of the new campus on the existing Empa-Eawag site in Dübendorf, a new laboratory building, a multifunctional building with parking garage, and the design of the outdoor space are being designed by SAM Architekten and Andreas Geser Landschaftsarchitekten under the overall management of Implenia. The two main players "NEST" and the Forum Chriesbach already form the spatial and public focal points of the campus.

The project

All other buildings are arranged according to their functions in the orthogonal system of building fields. The architectural language of these buildings is functionally elegant and primarily restrained. Quality and durability are conveyed through the materialization and the protection of the envelopes via canopies and drip noses. Materials research and new technologies are Empa's core business. The presence of the existing building proves the lived building culture.

The project consists of 3 subprojects: Subproject LB (laboratory building), subproject MF_PH (multifunctional building and parking garage) and the site-wide exterior design.The laboratory building contains 23 new laboratory rooms and 29 offices in a compact building with high structural dynamic requirements, as well as seminar rooms on the first floor. In the multifunctional building, 1,000 m² of office space is available in a noble shell construction. On the first floor, in addition to various sanitary areas, there is a gastronomy area with a loggia facing the campus square. In the parking garage with more than 260 parking spaces, the Empa fleet with gas station, garage and car wash is also planned, as well as a sales area in the future as an area store for campus and neighborhood use. A geothermal storage tank is located under the building, which can be used to heat the surplus waste heat generated on the site.

Services in detail

  • General planning
  • New building


  • User requirements
  • Coordination of basic, laboratory and tenant fitout
  • BIM planning (incl. BIM2FM)


  • Minergie-P-Eco certification is required

Further information

  • GF (according to SIA 416)
      • 8'827 m² (laboratory building)
      • 7'102 m² (office and parking garage)
    • AGF (according to SIA 416) 8'713 m² (parking area parking lot)
    • GV (according to SIA 116)
      • 39'835 m³ (laboratory building)
      • 28'376 m³ (office and parking)
    • Use
      • Laboratory building
      • Multifunctional building
      • Parking garage

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