Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Construction of the new animal health research institute, Riems island near Greifswald, Germany

Europe's most modern facility requires top specialists

Europe's most modern research institute for animal health has been situated on the island of Riems in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern since 2013. The deciding factor in awarding the contract to Itten+Brechbühl AG and Rauh Damm Stiller Partner (Greifswald) was their high level of expertise in security conditions up to Level BSL 4 (Biosaftylevel).

The complex, with a floor area of 67'490 sqm, is made up of a duplex building with a low structure for the stables and a slim three-storey block for the labs. The lab block, the existing structure intended for administration and the stables are connected via bridges.

The box-in-box principle isolates the areas with the infected animals and the safety labs. The transitions between the interior and exterior are secured to the highest technical standard.


Interior Design

Despite complex functional specifications, the building and work spaces are aesthetically appealing with individually tailored furnishing elements that promote retreat, efficiency, and communication.


Year 2012
Contact person Peter Lobsiger
Client Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
General planners General planners Isle of Riems; Itten+Brechbühl AG, Rauh Damm Stiller Partner, Greifswald (D)
Competition 1st rank 2004
Planning 2005-2010
Start of construction 2006
Start of operation 2012
Floor area 78,000 m2
Construction volume 284,100 m3
Photos Jan Bitter, Berlin; GRAF fisch design Bernhard Fischer, Wickede/Ruhr