Department of Health Sciences
in collaboration with TBL and Verkis
The University of Iceland
Ongoing, expected completion of a new build 2026
A new teaching and research hub for all health sciences
This project was won in competition in early 2022. The University of Iceland´s Department of Health Sciences has been dispersed in several locations in Reykjavík. The purpose of the scheme is to expand the existing Læknagarður building seamlessly to create a new facility housing all the Department´s faculties in one location. The site forms part of the campus of the National Hospital of Iceland in a new zone where a new Diagnostic and Treatment centre is under construction.
The new building will mostly contain research laboratories for the Faculty of Pharmacology and Food Science, a Biomedical research centre, a toxicology lab as well as small animal facilities. The building also includes large lecture halls, a dining area as well as faculty, students and administration offices and meeting rooms.
The new building is arranged as three buildings: the south and east buildings that house most laboratories and lecture halls and the north building, facing the new hospital building, containing offices. The three buildings form a top lit triangular atrium that becomes the building’s heart and where the different faculties meet and exchange ideas. Another focal point is the south facing garden nesting between Læknagarður and the new extension. This is the largest green public space on the site and a welcome connection to nature and a reminder of the part nature has in human health and wellbeing.