University building in Gothenburg

High up on Medicinareberget, with Sahlgrenska Academy as the nearest neighbor. Is there a more suitable place to gather the University of Gothenburg's Life Science-related activities?

ClientAkademiska Hus
Size32 000 m²
InteriorsLINK Architecture

In August 2023, Natrium, a 32,000 m² lab and research building on Medicinareberget in central Gothenburg, will be completed. One of the main ideas behind the building's design is to simplify interaction and promote collaboration within and between the Faculty of Science's various departments. Another idea is that the architecture should interact with the Medicinarelängan, which was designed by Klas Anshelm in the 1950s. In the work with Natrium, we have also focused a lot on creating a flexible research building that responds to the changing needs of the academic labs.




Natrium docks with the existing routes on Medicinareberget with the main entrance adjacent to Medicinarelängan. Here, parts of the 1950s building have been opened up and rebuilt, and a new lunch restaurant contributes to the connection between the existing and the new. The path from the main entrance to the core of Natrium is through a sequence of different rooms that offer varying experiences and insights.

The architecture

Natrium consists of four buildings. They are connected by a large, bright and inviting atrium that becomes the natural center and social hub of the building. The facade, consisting of brick, bronze-colored panels and glass, is inspired by the existing buildings on Medicinareberget and interacts well with the surroundings.

The building is large, bright and welcoming with plenty of space for spontaneous meetings. The labs and meeting rooms have glass walls and face inwards, towards the stairwell and the large open spaces surrounding it. This open and airy solution makes it easy both to orientate yourself in the building and to follow the people moving around in it, which has been a deliberate strategy from the start. Collaboration is a key ingredient in any research project and Natrium is designed to promote all forms of interaction.

We have worked extensively with daylight and sight lines, which are expressed in the long sides of the atrium where glass walls extend all the way from the facade to the atrium. The stairwells create a connection between the atrium and the facade through both daylight and contact with the building's social hotspots with coffee stations.

Concentrated knowledge

With Natrium, a densification of the northeastern part of Medicinareberget begins. The aim is to create a coherent campus and to strengthen the links between the Faculty of Science and medical education and research at Sahlgrenska Academy. Here, five of the Faculty of Science's seven different departments will be gathered under one roof. Students, researchers and staff will be close to each other, allowing for spontaneous and planned meetings and discussions that benefit the different activities.

Natrium will enable the University of Gothenburg to gather large parts of its activities within the Faculty of Science in one place. The building is also important for the further development of Medicinareberget.

Charlotte Odbratt,
Project Manager at Akademiska Hus

Photographer: Felix Gerlach


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