BMC - then and now
The construction of BMC began in the late 1960s and was completed in 1985. At the time of its creation, pioneering work was carried out to create buildings with unique opportunities for business adaptation and continuous rebuilding of the laboratories. The entire original building was adapted for laboratories designed by the users. BMC was designed by the architect Paul Hedqvist, who is known for many functionalist buildings in Sweden. Together with Professor Karl Johan Öbrink, the flexible laboratory interior was designed, which has become a model for later laboratories built in Sweden and abroad.
In 1998, a rebuilding and extension of BMC began. The intention was partly to prepare space for influential chemical departments from the Faculty of Science and Technology, and partly to provide newly formed large departments within the various faculties with cohesive and newly renovated premises. Through the relocations, the premises can be used better and in connection with the renovation improvements were made.The protective ventilation is one example of that. A new building for the library, media library and restaurant was built. In addition, a new corridor, running throughout BMC's length, was been added to the C-line's plan 3. New classrooms, offices and break spaces are connected to this. The new buildings were designed by architect Mats Edblom and his staff at Ahlgren Edblom Arkitekter, Stockholm.
The next major renovation and extension took place in 2014 to make room for the Uppsala anode of SciLifeLab. The aim was to create a stimulating and creative environment where researchers within SciLifeLab's research environment can meet. Navet invites to interdisciplinary meetings and helps to link researchers from different fields into a community.
The building, which was added to one of BMC's courtyards, has a completely different feel than the other BMC's stricter structure. The building's soft lines and glass walls open up and provide transparency between the various office spaces and create a transparent and open environment. Navet is characterized by a large meeting square that encourages both planned and spontaneous meetings between the various research disciplines within SciLifeLab. There are 13 bookable meeting rooms and guest rooms for temporary visitors.