Cantonal Laboratory, St. Gallen
Elaborate laboratory building
The window façade of the four-storey building is slightly recessed, and an element of the façade extends horizontally outwards at parapet height. Here the brisesoleils run on metal poles with the result that the outer façade shimmers with the incoming light which controls the blinds. The windows which are offset on each floor also contribute to the rich tension of the building.
Designed as a three-winged structure, the building is accessed through the core area and two corridors. The labs are to be found at the window façade. Flexibility was the top priority for the technical infrastructure. Installations are mounted on the ceiling and on each floor they form a closed circuit meaning that in the event of conversions, the individual floors can be set up independently of each other.
|Contact person||Christoph Arpagaus|
|Client||Canton of St. Gallen Building Department, Municipal Works Services|
|Competition||1st prize 1991|
|Start of construction||1998|
|Start of operations||2000|
|Floor space||5500 m2|
|Construction volume||22 000 m3|
|Photos||Michael Rast, St. Gallen|