Campus Virchow-Klinikum has been part of Charité since 1997. This is where top centers of university medicine for cardiology, oncology and surgery will be established in the future. Together with external partners, Charité is shaping the future of medicine with cell-based approaches.
In 1906, the Rudolf-Virchow Hospital was named after Charité’s late medical practitioner and healthcare politician Rudolf Virchow, who died in 1902. He was committed to providing basic medical care for everyone. Originally conceived as a garden city, at its inauguration, the clinic complex with 55 free-standing buildings was considered the most modern hospital facility in Europe. Today’s hospital also stands for this advanced approach at the time. In future, the campus is to expand considerably and become area-wise the largest of all Charité campuses.
Development of Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Campus Charité Mitte
Campus Berlin Buch
Campus Benjamin Franklin
Rahel Hirsch Center for Translational Medicine
Research Center at Hessische Strasse
Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinic
Friedrich Busch Building
Aschheim Zondek Building
IT DC I
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
OR level (5th floor)
SPS I (3rd floor – 6th floor)
SPS II (3rd floor – 6th floor)
Refurbishment of roofs, 1st construction phase
SPS III (4th and 6th floor)
IT DC II
Life Science Campus
Fraunhofer Institute of Allergology
New hospital building 1st construction phase
New hospital building 2nd construction phase
Research Institutes for Experimental Medicine
Käthe Beutler Building
From garden city to healing city
When Berlin’s City Construction Director Ludwig Hoffmann was planning the installation more than 100 years ago, he consistently implemented his ideas on infection control. At the same time, he wanted to create an environment that promoted health through lots of green areas and airy building style. As a result, Campus Virchow-Klinikum almost looks like a park in the densely populated and at the same time industrially shaped district of Wedding. Kern is a central avenue with old trees and rows of nursing care pavilions.
In 2019/2020, Charité conducted a multi-stage, competitive dialogue process for the development of the future urban planning vision of Campus Virchow-Klinikum by 2050. This involved the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing, the Senate Chancellery – Science and Research as well as the state authorities responsible for the preservation of regional monuments, the Berlin-Mitte District Office and external consultants.
The selected concept enables an extraordinary symbiosis of the historical campus concept and the forward-looking building structures into a healing city on the campus. The central avenue remains the dominant design element. A new main entrance on the southern side transforms the Berlin-Spandauer shipping canal and the shore into an attractive backdrop.
Planning takes into account the requirements of landscape planning as well as the careful use of space resources. The monument preservation and functional requirements are combined to form a forward-looking overall picture.
- Planned usable area
- 280,000 m²
- Current usable area
- 157,000 m²
- Master planning period
- Estimated required investment
- EUR 3.53 billion
Lighthouses for research and therapy
A flagship project, south of the core of Campus Virchow-Klinikum is the new construction of the German Heart center at Charité (DHZC). The operating rooms, laboratories and hybrid procedure rooms will define technological standards throughout Europe. The new building will also accommodate the central emergency department and the central sterile supply department under one roof.More about DHZC
Currently under construction at the new biomedical campus on the corner of Seestraße and Amrumer Straße are the pioneering research buildings, the Berlin Center for Advanced Therapies (BeCAT) and “The Simulated Human” (Si-M) research project, which has been planned by Charité in conjunction with TU Berlin. The two research centers provide the interdisciplinary teams with optimal conditions for research and development of new biomedical technologies.More about BeCAT More about Si-M
As a further component of the vision for the future, the National Center for Tumour Diseases (NCT) will be set up with a focus on personalised medicine, prevention and new diagnostic methods. A further addition to the campus will be a pharmaceutical center that meets the highest technical standards. In the future, it will be possible to produce high-tech pharmaceutical products here.More about the Pharmaceutical Centre