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Almazov Medical Research Centre

A cutting edge science centre

Medicine is a dynamic and ever-changing field. The technology and methodology develop rapidly, influencing and sometimes revolutionizing the way of practicing and teaching medicine. The New Scientific and Educational Complex will be a place for inventing and teaching cutting-edge medical procedures. The complex will facilitate a unique mix of students, researchers and practitioners that work in a cross-disciplinary manner. The proximity to the Almazov clinical complex is advantageous for both the research and clinical communities — enabling a continuous exchange between the two.


A building should not hold back the development of an innovative research and education programme. On the contrary, it should be adaptable to new technologies and methods. The functional layout is flexible — so that the space each department and discipline occupy can vary over time. Group work and cross-disciplinary collaborations are more important than ever, and the buildings are designed to facilitate this with flex-rooms and adaptable learning spaces in a variety of sizes and formats. 

Additionally, the structural concept takes reconstruction of building parts into consideration for added flexibility. The programme is complex, but the approach and functional organisation is simple and logical, creating a well-functioning and buildable project.


A building filled with daylight, a good indoor climate and comfortable work environment are essential factors for the wellbeing and creativity of the users. Learning and practicing medicine requires a lot of focus and the hours put in are plenty. Therefore, the users are not only provided with good quality spaces for work, but also for rest and recreation. Focus on healthy materials, mainly wood, is a way to sustain the wellbeing and health of the users, and to create a more resource responsible construction.

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Construction costs
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Almazov National Medical Research Centre
University, research center, student housing
87 mill EUR
Competition proposal
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