Roche Diagnostics is a significant, impressive new research building in Graz for the client Roche, one of the world's leading pharmaceutical industries. The Austrian headquarters and activities of the Roche research into bloodstream and viral related diseases are situated in the new facility, designed by the prominent Austrian architect Ernst Giselbrecht in the shape of a giant V for "victory". The project is the first in a cluster of biotechnology in the western section of Graz. It was awarded to Giselbrecht Architects, following an international competition.
CLIENT'S SPECIFICATIONS. The biotech sector is moving extremely fast, has done so for a number of years. Roche Pharmaceuticals is in the lead and wanted to establish state-of-the-art facilities for the front competence of blood analysis. Due to the pace of the development Roche Diagnostics focused in extreme on flexibility and the preparedness for further enhancement and expansion. Hence the layout and refurbishment of laboratories as well as of areas for administration and production must be optimised in terms of flexibility. At the same time the architecture and interior decoration should provide ergonomic and comfortable facilities for a staff of some 350 employees in research, development, administration, and in the manufacturing of gear and technology for blood analysis.
HOWE guaranteeS a long-lasting and environmental solution performing strong on function and aesthetics