The National Centre for Tumour Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg designed by Behnisch Architekten is located in Heidelberg, Germany. Here, patients, their relatives and friends, visitors, as well as staff can feel at ease. The new building’s architecture is meant to highlight the character of the NCT, and to create an ideal setting for interdisciplinary work. Its central light-flooded atrium, extending over four floors, has been designed as a focal point fostering encounters and communication between doctors and scientists, patients and visitors.
The eastern part of the building responds to the orthogonal structure and to the closed order of the adjacent ‘Kopfklinik’ (head clinics), which are part of Heidelberg’s university clinics. Here, three stacked floors accommodate the laboratories. The western part of the building develops more freely, setting itself off from the stringent orthogonal structure of the environment and responding to the slight curve of the street, this way establishing visual links to the ‘Kinderklinik’ (children’s clinics). Perched above is a two-storey, freely shaped volume which cantilevers over the building’s north entrance and western side.