Patient care and cutting-edge research come together under one roof at the Rahel Hirsch Center for Translational Medicine, which is shared by the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and Charité Universitätsmedizin for research, outpatient clinics and clinical trials. Its focus is the direct transfer of knowledge gained in the research laboratory into clinical applications and consequently the further development and improvement of health care. The building, which was originally used as surgery and intensive care unit, was completely renovated and opened at the beginning of 2023 as a ultra-modern six-storey building complex with an inner patio and atrium. Research groups, technology platforms, study centres and outpatient areas cooperate on almost 15,000 sqm with a direct spatial connection to the neighbouring Charité ward block.
In equally elegant but different versions, several steel balustrades of white finish complement the staircases and ceiling edges in the Rahel Hirsch Center and underline the light and clear architectural concept. In the straight-lined atrium, parapet-high steel balustrades in an ascending paling construction run along both sides of the four steel staircases in straight design. These stairs connect the open levels, each with an intermediate landing and an underside steel cladding. The steel balustrades continue horizontally along the ceiling railings and are each accompanied by two noble wooden handrails with tactile markings for visually impaired people.
A spiral sculptural staircase with rounded steel balustrades on both sides leads from the foyer to the upper floor, and its representative design is continued with imposing parapet-high steel balustrades at the ceiling edge. The homogeneous construction blends into this minimalist part of the building like a seamless whole.