The Building



Designed by Behnisch Architekten (see the architectural file), AGORA provides laboratory space, technology platforms, offices, conference rooms, a large auditorium and a restaurant.

The building’s characteristic architecture encourages interactions between disciplines, among researchers, and between established scientists and students.

Wisely distributed exchange areas stimulate new ideas and collaborations through spontaneous meetings.

The offices are grouped together and the laboratories are open and not organized according to groups or institutions.

The covered atrium extending to the adjacent building creates a direct link with the CHUV/UNIL pathology department.

Surfaces and accommodation capacity


Labs:5’000 m2
Technological platforms:2’900 m2
Atrium:700 m2
Technical zones:1’500 m2
Public spaces:1’400 m2
Total:11’500 m2

Accomodation capacity

Scientists and clinicians:300
Auditorium:250 places
Seminar rooms:20 à 50 places
Restaurant:80 places
Leenaards areas:50 places


Videos of the AGORA

A bird’s-eye view of AGORA

Watch how the building was constructed in 33 months (from october 2015 to june 2018)