Juliane Popp and Ben Jastram

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Juliane Popp and Ben Jastram, who are currently studying at the TU-Berlin, Germany, entered the Architects for Health’s First Student Health Design Award (2007) with the following submission. For contact please email: jpopp@gmx.net, b.jastram@gmx.net

Medipack – A Medical Care Centre – Charité Hospital


The german health system is in a change. Health becomes a service, a product, doctors will be service providers and patients will be consumers. Everyone is talking about medical care centres. This medical care centre shall be a places where doctors of different disciplines provide health care. The patient will be in the focus, he needs an healthy environment, the medical health centre needs identity, but the doctors don’t want to lose the individuality of their practices. Now the architects are called upon to solve this complex tasks and find a solution to this new kind of building.


The german hospitals are in a contest and try to rise their attractivity. An example for this attempt is the foundation of medical care centers. Berlin as the capital of germany is of course a prime example for this development. For this reason the chair choosed the Charité Hospital as a basis for the project. The property is close to the hospital in the centre of Berlin. The land area measures 3500 squaremeters. Every side of the property is different in its appearance. In the East is a solo building at the street corner. In the West is situated an old building which is part of the historic city structure. In the north is a major traffic route, in the south is the Hannoversche Strasse, which is the transition to the Charité-hospital area.

Space allocation plan

(Provided in german language)

Expected performance

  • City planning
  • Disposition of the space allocation plan and shape of the concept
  • Floor plans, sections, elevations
  • Concept of the façade (Elevations, Sections)
  • 3 dimensional views, perspectives
  • model of the environment and building model
  • presentation of a doctors practice


Medical Care Centre


Medipack – the medical care centre is on a property in the centre of Berlin in the street Invalidenstrasse and the place Platz vor dem Neuen Tor. The central urban position and the proximity to the highly specified Charité (a Clinic) predestine the property for a medical care centre for the cover of the medical basic care with the possibility for an enlarged use oriented to health.

Town planning

The town planning situation torn by the history in the closer sphere is marked by her heterogeneity and thereby permits a formative emancipation. Still it was important to us to define again the place situations at two property edges to close the row of houses.

Leading idea

Our purpose was the creation of a place which allows an equal collaboration between the classical western school medicine and the alternative, or chinese medicine and promotes therefore the exchange of both points of view for the patients advantage.


A medical care centre with the variety of the methods of treatment and fields resembles a first aid box or “Medipack” which unites many different things which serve the same purpose – the healing – in an all enclosing cover. This analogy led us to a shape which contains all uses attached to the medical care centre and dissociates itself from the ground and the surrounding property by a clear joint. The entrance-staircase in the ground floor interprets formally its affiliation to the medical care centre.


The ground floor is separated thematically separated and acts as a public space which connects the street Invalidenstrasse with the street Hannoversche Strasse and divides in two zones. In the northern part there is the access to the doctors practice modules and in the southern part the access to the hotel. There are various commercial areas and catering areas as well as changing rooms for the medical staff on the ground floor.

Doctors practice

Doctors practice modules in the northern part of the building are most exposed to the city and contain 11 doctors practices which arrange themselves by her modular creation alternating in the building. The modules communicate the main utilization of the building. Every floor there is a central waiting area which sends the patients about an electronic leading system to the respective module. A practise module contains three equally sized rooms, a waiting area and the reception desk. A plant area which can be arranged by the respective owner individually is attached to every module. In addition, there is the possibility to combine two practice modules.


The eastern part of the building which faces the Platz vor dem Neuen Tor offers more silence and is still related to the city. The ideal place for a hotel – in our case with nursing service on the first floor in proximity to the surgery area in the back part of the building.

Further utilisation

To take into account other uses around the concept of medical care and precaution, we have added beside a restaurant and a bistro with health-oriented kitchen a small swimming-pool and a fitness and wellness area in the upper floors at the street Hannoversche Strasse.


To guarantee sun and view protection, we developed a foldable textile sail which can be moved horizontally in front of the windows.

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