Chemical Research Building, Budapest, Hungary
The Chemical Works of Gedeon Richter Plc. operating under Hungarian management is a Central-Eastern-European multinational pharmaceutical company with the largest research potential in this region. In 2000 the Company purchased the industrial area adjacent to its site. Following the site rehabilitation, this brown-field industrial area is being transformed into an environmentally friendly business zone.
Within the framework of Gedeon Richter’s business strategy, the management has set as a goal the significant improvement of the outdated working conditions of the research staff. The largest development project until now is the Chemical Research Building (CRB), completed in 2008 with a total cost of USD48.6 million and offering world-standard working conditions for 500 researchers.
Both the client and the architects intended to realize a high-quality building to provide a worthy locale for the research and development activity which ensures the future of the Company. The building, shaped by the means of state-of-the-art architecture, is characterized by large glass halls, openness and transparency.
The Entrance Hall connecting the two wings is one of the most imposing part of the building. The five-level high airspace is open, only the white sculpturesque bridges and the stairs are ‘floating’ in space.
The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) laboratory unit located in the internal courtyard of the U-shaped building required special solutions concerning both shape and structure. The towers housing the three main instruments were fashioned to have a characteristic appearance.
The success of the CRB project is a success for Budapest well. As an element of the urban planning strategy, the revitalization of a considerable industrial area has been realized.
As a result, private interest has significantly contributed to the enforcement of public interest, thus ensuring the conditions of a more livable environment and increasing the value of the wider environment.
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