AVS, the new laboratory building in Aargau, is designed as a double-storey, freestanding pavilion. The glazed structure opens up to the surrounding landscape and draws the exterior space into the interior. The building is organised in four distinct spatial layers: corridor, laboratories, ancillary rooms and central space. This central space in the heart of the building is an open area for spontaneous meetings, interactions and events.
Functionally, the building is divided into three distinct uses: storage/technical rooms, (basement), office (ground floor) and laboratory rooms (first floor) structured by a 1.15m grid. Each floor is organised in concentric layers, which increase in depth from the inside to the outside. All offices are situated in the outermost layer facing the campus. The basement and the central area with vertical circulation are constructed in reinforced concrete, while the skeleton construction is made from timber and the floor slab is a timber-concrete composite construction.