The upcoming Vectura CampusF will emerge in Stockholm, Sweden, at the intersection of one of Northern Europe’s most dense infrastructural areas with a motorway and railway running through the backyard of the premises. As the missing piece of the puzzle in the meeting between four very different urban neighbourhoods, the new campus is a vital component in connecting different parts of the city and tying together the educational facilities spreading out across the areas. Vectura CampusF is conscious of the challenges and potentials of its unique location and takes upon the role of becoming a new gathering point connecting important dots on the city map. The design thus enhances existing urban connections to its surroundings while also creating new ones. It reaches out and welcomes the city as a whole.
Contrary to the more traditional concept of a campus consisting of multiple buildings within a confined area, Vectura reimagines the campus as a vertical structure that stacks, combines, and intertwines various functions with a publicly accessible vein, the “Orangery”, winding through the building. The building design emphasises visual and physical connectivity throughout to cultivate a dynamic interplay between the world of science and everyday life and to encourage cross-disciplinary engagements. In addition to providing modern labs, study space, and co-work offices, Vectura also offers housing for students and staff. The Orangery works as a roofed public marketplace, a botanical garden and hang out spot, where small shops, cafes, and restaurants will cater to the broader public, while green outdoor spaces make for a welcoming recreative place.
Going beyond the confines of a typical campus, Vectura aspires to be more than just an educational research facility that can attract world-leading companies, start-ups, and talent within Life Science. Its aim is to emerge as Stockholm’s new bustling urban hub for innovation, co-working, cultural experiences, and social activities – an urban campus building on the idea of connection. Between Stenstaden, Hagastaden, and Karolinska. Between the built and that which grows. Between mind, body, and heart.