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Architects BDA RDS Partner:

Leaders in health and science based on 70 years of expertise


Founded in 1950 in Hattingen in the German Ruhr region, the RDS Partner architectu­re firm has grown into a country-wide leading outfit, realising projects in a range of areas with a team of 59 employees under the leadership of the executive shareholde­r Peter M. H. Damm. These include buildings for the healthcare, research, administra­tive, industrial, environmen­tal, education and culture, legal, retirement home, residentia­l and preservati­on sectors, with a special focus on planning and realising buildings for healthcare, research and educationa­l purposes.

The architectu­ral practice’s USP is the team’s special know-how in planning and realising buildings in the healthcare sector, including new builds as well as renovation­s while business continues. This work characteri­ses the company’s quality. The team has comprehens­ive insights into hospital constructi­on projects in Germany while staying up to date with the domestic and internatio­nal hospital sector. This combinatio­n enables RDS Partner to provide expert solutions for the challenges in this specific field. In particular over the past ten years, the company has developed outstandin­g expertise in the area of research buildings. In cooperatio­n with a Swiss architectu­re firm, the team developed and realised the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute for animal health (FLI) as one of the worldwide most cutting-edge medical research institutes for infectious diseases at a constructi­on cost of 320 million euros. The new building enables scientific research up until the highest internatio­nal biosafety level of four. Only another two research institutes can offer the same. RDS Partner received various awards for this project.

Focus on people

RDS Partner operates with a very experience­d and at the same time innovative team which is always fully committed to its work and clients. In this context, the human factor is key. The company’s guiding principles are based on both a personalis­ed, functional and precise architectu­re and its economic, sustainabl­e and high-quality implementa­tion that is on both schedule and budget. Its business partners also appreciate the guaranteed continuity of this partnershi­p, which now spans three generation­s: Arne Thorben Damm is not only the youngest appointed member of the Associatio­n of German Architects (BDA) as well as of AKG (associatio­n of architects for hospital constructi­on and the healthcare sector), but also a partner in the company.

Masters of science

For the University Hospital Düsseldorf, RDS Partner is currently realising the new building and medical research centre Medizinisc­hes Forschungs­zentrum I. Its east-west alignment will be opened by a northern and southern transport link. The northern axis is intended for general staff traffic and can be accessed without controls. The southern axis is exclusivel­y open to lab staff. Both transport links with their adjoining floor space will be connected by three building parts. Every lab hallway and room will be constructe­d to be compatible with S2 standards. In addition, each of the three building sections will have a central changing room that can serve to form linked S2 areas. Apart from urban developmen­t config

uration, the building’s layout concept is guided by the requiremen­t for the highest possible flexibilit­y to allow for the building’s future developmen­t. On this basis, 14 institutes are spread across the floors according to their space requiremen­ts and functions. The individual institutes will not exist in physical silos, but overlap with other institutes is possible to enable more flexibilit­y for later changes. Alongside each institute space, jointly used core facilities exist as lab space. The building’s basic grid and connected flexibilit­y is also the principle for the standardis­ed design of the lab and office façades. The requested light colours are implemente­d through a ventilated façade made of elements of white exposed concrete. The punched windows that are created by the structure of the façade will have a self-supporting frame constructi­on and structural glazing finish. The façade notches on the north and south side will be glazed with an allover self-supporting frame façade. The north entrance will be further accentuate­d with an entrance cube.

For the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceut­ical Research Saarland (HIPS) RDS Partner planned and realised the new Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research building at the University of Saarland campus. The building was mainly funded by the federal state of Saarland and the European Regional Developmen­t Fund (EFRE) and provides the six research groups working at HIPS with floor space of 4,600 square metres, including lab space with S1 and S2 standards. The exterior of the lab building is characteri­sed by white glass façade elements, horizontal window panes and a base level of prefabrica­ted parts made of exposed concrete. A spacious atrium provides daylight and natural air for the building’s interior and, in combinatio­n with the light floor and exposed concrete wall surfaces, creates an open and communicat­ive atmosphere inside.

The University of Tübingen’s research centre is a prime example for the outstandin­g collaborat­ion between a practice of independen­t architects and public authoritie­s. In this case, the architectu­ral services were first supplied by Tübingen and Baden-Württember­g and during the realisatio­n phase, the RDS team came into play. In a second constructi­on phase, RDS Partner is currently realising the Interfacul­ty Institute for Biochemist­ry (IFIB).

Healing architectu­re

The architects RDS Partner are also in the process of realising one of the currently largest and most challengin­g psychiatry constructi­ons in Germany for the Landschaft­sverband Rheinland (LVR) with a total constructi­on volume of 65 million euros for the first building phase and the diagnostic­s, therapy and research centre as the new centre of the LVR clinic Düsseldorf. The first building phase includes nursing wards with 287 beds (standard and optional services), eight day clinic places, examinatio­n and treatment offers for general and gerontolog­ical psychiatry, as well as for neurology and a stroke unit. Apart from three labs, diagnostic functional divisions of radiology (MRT and CT), as well as physically-therapeuti­c offers, are planned. Two buildings, comprising four and five floors located in the Lindenalle­e urban main axis will be connected with glazed connection bridges via an entrance hall.

The design works inwards and outwards, creating an identity and a place for mental health with a highly functional and human quality. The clear architectu­ral style stands out but also integrates into the LVR clinic’s ensemble of buildings. The colour range of the local lime tree forms the base for the overall design. Transparen­cy and retreat areas, wood and accent colours produce a safe, warm and harmonious interior ambiance.

 ??  ?? University Hospital Düsseldorf - New medical research centre.
University Hospital Düsseldorf - New medical research centre.
 ??  ?? Peter M. H. Damm.
Peter M. H. Damm.
 ??  ?? University Tübingen - New constructi­on of centre for plant molecular biology (ZMBP).
University Tübingen - New constructi­on of centre for plant molecular biology (ZMBP).
 ??  ?? Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut Riems.
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut Riems.
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 ??  ?? LVR clinic Düsseldorf.
LVR clinic Düsseldorf.
 ??  ?? Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut Riems.
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut Riems.

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