The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Edinburgh
Oberlanders completed the IGMM, a five storey research facility for The University of Edinburgh at the Western General Hospital Campus.
The site is prominently located on the east side of the campus overlooking the grounds of Fettes College, with stunning views to the Edinburgh skyline. The new building links three existing buildings (The Medical Research Council’s Human Genetics Unit, The Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine and The Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre) to form a world class research institute.
With a central atrium space and a new iconic frontage, the project provides research space for informatics, statistical and computational scientists together with “hot-desk” provision for visiting colleagues.
The building is designed to enhance communication within the Institute, with a new 180 seat lecture theatre, seminar areas, and a “Nucleus” gathering space with café. Innovation and sustainability were key drivers for the design process.
The glazing of the concave curved façade achieved a high standard of solar, glare and thermal control, while no primary heat source was required by maximising heat recovery with intelligent controls to all services, all combining to achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.