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Campus Benjamin
Franklin

Campus Benjamin Franklin (CBF) once revolutionised hospital architecture. Charité is now developing visionary concepts for the Life Science Campus of the future with a focus on maintaining health. The structural transformation underlines the pioneering role of the campus today.

Opened in 1968, Steglitz Hospital was considered a model clinic at the time. According to the motto “Everything under one roof”, it was the first German university hospital to combine healthcare, research and teaching in one building: a role model for the whole of Europe.

Today, CBF is one of the world’s most important hospital buildings in the post-war period. As an overall system, it has been a registered and protected historic monument since 2012. The campus received its current name in 1994. Its namesake is former American President Benjamin Franklin. In doing so, Charité recognises the financial and ideational support of the USA in its creation.

Development of Campus Benjamin Franklin

Campus Charité Mitte

Campus Virchow-Klinikum

Campus Berlin Buch

Campus Benjamin Franklin

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Rahel Hirsch Center for Translational Medicine

Rahel Hirsch Center for Translational Medicine

Completion 2022

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BMM

Charité Museum of Medical History Berlin

Upgrading 2023

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Research Center at Hessische Strasse

Research Center at Hessische Strasse

Refurbishment 2020

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Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinic

Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinic

Refurbishment 2022

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Friedrich Busch Building

Friedrich Busch Building

Refurbishment 2023

Aschheim Zondek Building

Aschheim Zondek Building

Refurbishment 2025

IT DC I

IT Data Center I

Establishment in 2020 at basement level

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BHH

High-rise ward and new construction of the operating room, intensive care station and emergency department

Refurbishment 2016

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BHH

High-rise ward and new construction of the operating room, intensive care station and emergency department

Refurbishment 2016

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Diagnostic Center

Diagnostic Center

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North entrance

Ideas competition north entrance and new research building

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CCO

Charité Cross Over Building

Completion 2012

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Alexanderufer

DHZC

German Heart Centre at Charité (DHZC)

New construction in 2028

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BeCAT

Berlin Center for Advanced Therapies (BeCAT)

New construction in 2023

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Si-M

The simulated Human (Si-M)

New construction in 2023

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Infrastructure South

Renewal of Infrastructure South

New construction in 2024

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Pharmaceutical Center

Pharmaceutical Center

1st construction phase until 2026, 2nd until 2030.

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Pharmaceutical Center

Pharmaceutical Center

1st construction phase until 2026, 2nd until 2030.

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Biobank

Biobank

New construction in 2016

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NCT

National Center for Tumour Diseases

New construction in 2030

Eckernförder Platz

Eckernförder Platz

Südschiene 1st construction phase

Südschiene 2nd construction phase

Südschiene 3rd construction phase

Old car park

Old car park

Nordschiene 1st construction phase

Nordschiene 2nd construction phase

Teaching Forum

Southern district

Southern district

Southern district

Southern district

OR level (5th floor)

Refurbishment of the OR level (5th floor)

Completion: 1st construction phase 2020, 2nd construction phase 2023

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SPS I (3rd floor – 6th floor)

Ward I

Refurbishments 2022

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SPS II (3rd floor – 6th floor)

Ward II

Refurbishments 2023/24

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Refurbishment of roofs, 1st construction phase

SPS III (4th and 6th floor)

Ward III

Refurbishment 2025

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CCK Süd

Establishment of an temporary ward (CCK Süd)

2020

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HuLa

Helicopter landing pad with hangar

New construction in 2021

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HuLa

Helicopter landing pad with hangar

New construction in 2021

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IT DC II

IT Data Center II

2023

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Life Science Campus

Life Science Campus

2050

Total refurbishment

Total refurbishment

By 2027

Fraunhofer Institute of Allergology

Fraunhofer Institute of Allergology

Installation 2024

New hospital building 1st construction phase

New hospital building 1st construction phase

ZNA and replacement bed area By 2030

New hospital building 2nd construction phase

New hospital building 2nd construction phase

By 2040

Research Institutes for Experimental Medicine

Research Institutes for Experimental Medicine

Käthe Beutler Building

Käthe Beutler Building

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Iconic hospital moving forward

Campus Benjamin Franklin has a forward-looking approach in its DNA. Now it is being prepared to provide the medical care of the future. The translation-oriented campus will face the range of challenges posed by a healthcare system of the future with an even more intensive link between research and healthcare.

As a modern life science campus, CBF will focus on maintaining health. Together with the Freie Universität Berlin, its scientific teams are researching which processes in the body ensure that people stay healthy or recover quickly. The scientific focus here is on “early recognition, successful healing, increased resilience”. The clear aim is to find new prevention and therapy approaches and to actively prevent the outbreak.

This innovative approach goes beyond the boundaries of conventional disciplines and requires new concepts of interdisciplinary and inter-organisational cooperation. A life science campus is to be created together with the Freie Universität Berlin and other non-university partners. Special outpatient clinics and research sites are central to this translational project.

Charité is conducting a multi-stage competitive dialogue process in 2021 for the development of the overall urban development concept on the campus. The Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing, the Senate Chancellery for Science and Research, the relevant district offices and the state authorities responsible for the preservation of regional monuments are closely involved.

Broschüre CBF
Brochure - “Competitive Dialogue on Overall Urban Development CBF”
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The new Campus Benjamin Franklin in figures
Current usable area
106,300 m²
Master planning period
2021–2050
Estimated required investment
EUR 1.33 billion

Setting the standard

Charité wants to develop Campus Benjamin Franklin as a vision for the New Charité and thus, as a university hospital, set an example for the numerous challenges of the future. Conceptual approaches are being developed for this, combining urban planning, open space planning, ecological, architectural and functional qualities in an outstanding manner. Pioneering architectural approaches are intended to reflect Charité’s leading international level of research and therapy. At the same time, there is a constructive conflict with the historical heritage – which is of great importance in terms of archtectural culture.

In addition to the main building, the development of the structural vision for the future must also take into account the two secondary locations, the research facility for experimental medicine and the institute building for hygiene, microbiology and virology. The institute building with its organic forms has recently become an historic monument on the Berlin monument list. The aim is to make it fit for the future by means of gentle refurbishment. 

Factors such as functionality, sustainability, preservation of monuments and cost-effectiveness define the conflicting field of challenges for a university hospital of the future. The vision for CBF aims to maintain the international role model character of the time of its opening.