Aula Medica is new lecture hall, part of Karolinska Institute, which allows organizing major events like Nobel lectures bringing audiences from whole world. An auditorium at a university, or aula to use the word of the classical languages, goes beyond the task of a lecture hall. Its ceremonial roots in the church and the architectonic heredity in the theatre, makes the aula today’s secular society’s most solemn and ritual space.
Significance of Aula Medica is very large not only for education and science but also for strong collective. In main schedule is organizing events not only with gigantic dimensions but also seminars and lectures corresponding with wider community. Before this aula Korolinska Institute was building behind other buildings, but now it is exposed and attractive location.
Construction work started in September 2010 with full finance from private donation, completing in summer off 2013 with 1,000-seat auditorium, 100 conference seats, office space for 90 staff, two restaurants and a café.
Geometry and expressive form of Aula Medica with V-shaped Auditorium is totally different from traditional low-rise brick buildings on the campus, taking central part in campus area, situated in Solnavägen. For a large aula, where lectures are held with images and performances on the stage, brings requirement for good sightlines and acoustics to each seat, so the V-shaped seating proved to be the most useful.
Willing to provide “Nordic” atmosphere, in interior is used wooden elements, mostly from fir, mainly in auditorium. Total structure is constructed on thee supporting components, with elevators and stairs in every corner.
It is build which contains all specific characters of green building, such as highly energy-efficient solutions, reaching “silver” level of sustainability. While planning the Aula Medica energy consumption, effiency and most important, daylight, have been one of most important criteria, with most visual statement of inclined façade with flat glass panels making totally twisted elevation.