New Building in the Center of Berlin

BIMSB scientists are currently embedded and integrated in the MDC’s research infrastructure at the Campus in Berlin-Buch. In 2018, they will move to the centre of Berlin, Hannoversche Straße 28where the new BIMSB building is constructed on the central historical Campus of the Humboldt University. The inauguration of the new research site for BIMSB will make it the first institutional and infrastructural expansion of the MDC into the centre of Berlin, supporting even closer interactions with major academic and medical institutions in the city and region.

The design for the new building for BIMSB has been selected through an architectural competition and will perfectly be integrated into the given setting at the Humboldt Campus Nord. It will house up to 25 research groups, approximately half experimental and half computational, and provide 5400 qm of laboratory and office space. The building will host high-tech-labs, state-of-art technology platforms, flexible workspaces and communication areas, that will further promote the innovative and interdisciplinary work.

After the construction site had been handed over to the MDC in November 2014, the construction process started in February 2015. Following clearance of the site, ground testing and construction of the passage to and from Hannoversche Straße, deep ground work and excavation took place in spring 2015.

The pouring of the concrete marked the completion of the second phase of construction. This was celebrated at the official dedication of the building on December 15, 2016, with the architects and representatives of the MDC, partner institutes, and the City of Berlin attending.


BIMSB group leaders visit the construction site of their future research building in January 2018.

The facade has now been mounted and the cement works are finished. The central staircase is in place and serves as an eyecatcher of the Atrium. Currently, the interior of the building is being completed.

The building and the roof terrace already offer great views over Berlin and the neighboring research landscape. If the work continues to run on plan, the building will be ready for the research groups to move in 2018.