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The university’s students and staff comprise almost one tenth of Gothenburg’s residents. Our premises are found in central locations in Gothenburg, and we want them to serve as meeting places where academia and society can interact.
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We are building for the future

The University of Gothenburg is in the midst of unique development work when it comes to its premises. Together with our property owners, we are building for the research and education of the future and contributing to the development of Gothenburg as a city of knowledge.

Natrium at Medicinareberget

Photo: Akademiska Hus/Kanozi arkitekter/Råformat

The Natrium building at Campus Medicinareberget will enable some 3,000 students and 500–600 staff within the Faculty of Science to gather in the same place. The research and education to be pursued here will primarily encompass biology, environmental science, chemistry, molecular biology and marine sciences.

The premises will house advanced lab environments, teaching facilities and offices and will be comprised of two seven-storey buildings with a smaller wing connecting the two. At its centre, Natrium will have a lightwell, an atrium that will comprise a central meeting place for students and staff. The premises will have a flexible design, enabling them to be adapted to future needs.

The building and its location directly adjacent to Sahlgrenska Academy's premises in Medicinarelängan will provide greater opportunities to develop research and education within life science and new opportunities for research collaborations.

Natrium will be the home of the Department of Earth sciences, Conservation, Marine Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty Office.

 

About Natrium

  • Planned occupancy 2023.
  • Usable floor area of 28,000 square metres.
  • Interior designer Link arkitektur.
  • Architect Kanozi Arkitekter.
  • Property owner Akademiska Hus.

Proximity to our colleagues at Sahlgrenska Academy is a major advantage that will provide better conditions for solving future challenges together. Gothenburg is to be a preferred choice for future students and researchers.

Göran Hilmersson, dean at Faculty of Science

Sahlgrenska Life

Photo: Vitartes/Sweco/Arkitema

Creating new, common environments for parts of Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital improves opportunities for faster translation of new research findings and innovations into actual benefits for more patients.

In the Sahlgrenska Life project, a collaboration with Region Västra Götaland and the property owner Vitartes, we are planning for new premises in buildings that will physically connect the University’s activities at Medicinareberget with Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Sahlgrenska Life is a collaboration project between the University of Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland and is an investment in future research and healthcare.

The area around Per Dubbsgatan is key for creating better synergies for activities within the University and the university hospital, which are currently spread out. The possibilities are in the physical proximity of Sahlgrenska Academy and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, where at present Per Dubsgatan forms a barrier.

The aim of Sahlgrenska Life is to bring new knowledge to healthcare more quickly to increase patient benefit. For future students, a physical environment unifying research, health care and business will result in more contacts.

The entire project consists of three buildings. The University of Gothenburg plans to rent parts of Building 2 and Building 3 but also to conduct research and education in Building 1. The institutes of odontology, health sciences and health, clinical sciences and medicine plan to rent premises in Sahlgrenska Life. There are also plans to provide premises for the part of the biomedical library that is currently at Hälsovetarbacken in Sahlgrenska Life. The University also plans new teaching facilities.

 

About Sahlgrenska Life, buildings 2 and 3

  • Moving in is planned for 2027.
  • The University of Gothenburg intends to rent approximately 10,000 square metres in buildings 2 and 3.
  • Arkitekt Sweco and Arkitema Architects.
  • Building 2 and Building 3 are owned by the property company Vitartes. Västfastigheter owns Building 1.

School of Business, Economics and Law

Photo: Akademiska Hus/Johannes Norlander arkitektur

Vasagatan 1 will be the site of a new building for the School of Business, Economics and Law. The building will enable the faculty to expand and develop its research within economics and law. One of the entrances to the new West Link station will also be integrated with the building.

The new building will enable the entire School of Business, Economics and Law to gather at a single address. There will be space for growing research activities, new approaches to teaching and rewarding meetings between different stakeholders. The aim is to create a physical learning environment at the international forefront, a place where research and education can evolve to meet society’s needs and where staff and students can thrive and enjoy coming to work.

The new building will encompass about 10,800 square metres of gross floor area, spread over eight storeys and a basement. It will house a new main entrance, two lecture halls, student service, student workstations, a café and offices. As part of Akademiska Hus’ sustainability work, materials with high climate impact, such as marble floors, limestone façades and granite blocks, are reclaimed to be reused in other construction projects. As an example, the marble floor from the old building will be used for a skyway in the new building for the School of Business, Economics and Law.

In conjunction with the project, the student union at the School of Business, Economics and Law has been provided with new premises for its administration, management and student associations, as well as for a new student pub. The premises for internal service have also been remodelled.

 

About the new building for the School of Business, Economics and Law

  • A rental agreement between the University of Gothenburg and Akademiska Hus was drawn up in 2021.
  • Planned occupancy 2025. The West Link will come into service in 2026.
  • Usable floor area of about 10,000 square metres, comprising 9,000 sq m new build and 1,000 sq m remodelling.
  • Programme architect AIX.
  • Architect Johannes Norlander Arkitektur.
  • Property owner Akademiska Hus.

The new building will strengthen the ability of the School of Business, Economics and Law to be an open place for creative dialogues that contribute to the development of ground-breaking knowledge. This will secure a basic prerequisite for our continued development as an increasingly stronger academic institution in harmony with surrounding society.

Per Cramér, dean at the School of Business, Economics and Law

Humanisten

Photo: Medieteknik/Alana da Silva

The Faculty of Humanities moved into its new building in December 2019. The new building has been designed around the idea that interaction forms the basis of learning.

The building enables the entire Faculty of Humanities to be gathered under one roof. Centrally located in the building is a communal area comprised of terraced seating with a stage, which is used for presentations and as a meeting place. Humanisten is also home to innovative case classrooms for interactive teaching and a black box. Architecturally, the design has been inspired by the 1923 Gothenburg Tercentennial Jubilee Exposition.

The new Humanisten is an important part of the development of the university’s Campus Näckrosen and is the first construction project to reach completion in the area. Campus Näckrosen’s central location between Korsvägen and Götaplatsen offers ideal conditions for creating meeting places for students, researchers and Gothenburg’s residents.

 

About the new Humanisten

  • The faculty moved in on 1 December 2019.
  • Usable floor area of about 16,600 sq m new build and 19,400 sq m remodelling (incl. Språkskrapan).
  • Interior designer Link arkitekter.
  • Architect Kub arkitekter.
  • Property owner Akademiska Hus.

The building opens the way for many opportunities for public events, collaborations with other stakeholders and collaborations with cultural life. I hope that this will become a gathering place for Gothenburg’s residents.

Marie Demker, dean at Faculty of Humanitites

The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

Photo: Akademiska Hus/Tham & Videgård

The University of Gothenburg and Akademiska Hus are looking into the possibility of remodelling and extending the Artisten building that currently houses the Academy of Music and Drama. The aim in the longer term is to gather the entire Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts under one roof. Moreover, the western entrance to the West Link’s Korsvägen Station will be integrated with the new building.

To enable the construction, a number of existing buildings need to be demolished and a multi-storey car park needs to be appropriated. The City of Gothenburg is looking into whether this is possible in its urban development planning work.

Gathering the entire Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts in thought, space and action will strengthen the opportunities for students and staff to make the most of the unique academic and artistic breadth found within the faculty. The aim is an integrated faculty for all art forms.

About the new building for the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

  • Studies and planning under way. The City of Gothenburg is working on its new urban development plan in parallel.
  • Planned occupancy in stages 2024–2026.
  • Usable floor area of 28,000 square metres (preliminary).
  • Programme architect Nyréns.
  • Architect Tham & Videgård.
  • Property owner Akademiska Hus.

I am very much looking forward to the opportunities that the new building will offer our teaching and research environment. The premises will be tailored to our needs and our vision, and our building will be more open to the city. We will become an important part of a bigger picture.

Sanne Kofod Olsen, dean at Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

New university library at Näckrosen

Photo: Cobe

A new University Library located in the heart of the Näckrosen area is being planned to serve as a meeting place for learning, research, and creative collaboration. The new University Library will provide the University of Gothenburg with the resources to offer students and researchers an attractive knowledge environment and access to unique collections.

The new University Library will bring together the current Humanities Library, Arts Library, and Music and Drama Library under one roof. The new building will also house the university archives and the University Library’s office and digital services unit. The building will free up study places in the other libraries as well.

New premises are needed to continue to develop modern library facilities for the University’s operations, with effective study settings for students and researchers and convenient access to printed books, collections, and digital material. To save space and streamline book management, an automated storage system will be installed. It will house the library’s collections and automate borrowing and lending to make the collections more accessible to students, researchers, and the public. This type of system, which can be found in Norway, the United States, and elsewhere, does not yet exist in any library in Sweden.

The Danish architectural firm Cobe will design the new University Library. As work proceeds, University Library staff will develop more detailed plans for the best use of every single square metre. The new building will house not only the University Library’s operations, but also those of third-parties and offer areas open to the public. This offers the University of Gothenburg flexibility to both reduce and expand operations to match future needs.

 

About the new University Library

  • In June 2021, Akademiska Hus named Cobe the winner of the design competition. The proposal is now being further developed in collaboration among Akademiska Hus, the University of Gothenburg, and Cobe. The City of Gothenburg is working in parallel on a new detailed development plan.
  • Premises area: about 12,000 square metres.
  • Building architect: Cobe.
  • Property owner: Akademiska Hus.

Together with the new Humanisten building and the new building for the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, the new University Library will become part of a triangle with the goal of creating an exciting meeting place for academia and the community. In this way we are also contributing to making Gothenburg a city of culture and knowledge.

Morgan Palmqvist, Library Director at the University of Gothenburg Library

Premises as a strategic resource

For the University of Gothenburg, premises are a strategic resource and a tool for being able to create a complete academic environment and an inspiring work environment. Premises, their location and their design affect the university’s operations, and premises costs account for a considerable proportion of the university’s turnover. Accordingly, all premises provision work follows a number of strategies and guidelines. These govern, for example, how we plan our premises in a sustainable manner in terms of environmental, social and economic considerations. Together with our property owners, we also produce campus and development plans to ensure a joint, overarching approach to our premises.

The University of Gothenburg’s premises are primarily located within five university campuses in central Gothenburg: Haga, Rosenlund, Vasa, Näckrosen in Lorensberg and Medicinareberget.

In addition to locations in central Gothenburg, the university also pursues research and education in premises in Mariestad, Tjärnö outside Strömstad, Kristineberg in Lysekil, Steneby in Dals Långed and Jonsereds herrgård in Partille Municipality.