The new building for the D-BSSE (Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering), founded by ETH Zurich in 2007, is intended to provide experimental biologists and bioinformaticians with the best conditions for generating new insights into the functional mechanisms of our cells and genes and for advancing scientific discoveries.
The new building will be constructed on the Schällemättli site on Klingelbergstrasse in Basel by April 2022 and is located in close proximity to the University of Basel and the university hospitals. The construction of the new research building will create useful synergies with the life sciences (bio and pharmaceutical centres), so that researchers and students will be able to use the laboratories and experimental rooms of both universities and joint projects can be implemented more easily. The BSS thus forms part of one of Europe's largest clusters for life sciences.
The pentagonal building contains research, teaching, event and catering areas in direct connection on an area of around 18,900 m² of main usable space. The BSS will have two basement floors, a mezzanine floor, five upper floors and a technical centre on the roof. The floor area of the building is 36,000 m² with a total volume of 171,000 m³.
The new building is to be constructed in a sustainable manner. For this reason, the contract will be implemented in compliance with the Minergie-ECO and "Good Indoor Climate" building standards, as well as in accordance with target A of the SIA Energy Efficiency Path (SEE), Building for the 2000-Watt Society. In addition, the building is to be certified according to DGNB / SGNI (German Sustainable Building Council / Swiss Sustainable Real Estate Council) at the Gold level.