UCB Bioreactor, Bulle FR

Biotech pharmaceuticals at the world's highest level

For the production of its drug Cimzia, UCB has built a new production facility with three bioreactors in Bulle, Freiburg, which is one of the most modern plants for biotech drugs in the world.

The reflective shell of the building alleviates the effect of planting such a straight-lined structure in an Alpine setting. The mathematical language of the façade shows the various functions of the building. The interior design is an open network which creates a clear structure. Maximum use is made of the available space.

The usages are complex: three reactors for which 33 kilometres of pipelines were laid, cleaning and storage tanks, labs for quality assurance, maintenance and storage space as well as offices.

Year 2013
Contact person Andreas Jöhri
Client UCB Farchim S.A.
Architect Itten+Brechbühl AG
Planning 2011-2012
Start of construction 2012
Start-up of operations 2014
Floor space 24 450 m2
Workplaces 130
Photos Vincent Jendly, Lausanne