Charité Berlin, Germany

Temporary solution for Europe’s largest university hospital.

Gross floor space
(sq. m)
Construction time
Modular construction
Module count
Ward units
Operating theatres
Functional units
Diagnosis rooms

Building in modules means remaining flexible. Many customers expressly ask for an temporary solution only – but preferably one that feels and can be used as if it were meant to last forever.

In the case of Europe’s largest university hospital, the Charité in Berlin, this meant a modular construction with 9,080 m² usable floor space and 360 beds. The goal: to renovate the hospital’s ward while letting the day-to-day running of the clinic carry on without any restrictions. To do this, Cadolto developed and built a four-storey temporary building comprising a total of 158 modules for use over the course of 42 months. A tunnel links the operating theatres in the old building to the modular building on the other side of the street.

A prefabrication level of 90% allowed the modular building to be integrated extremely quickly into the hospital grounds, which had limited space. Building also demands surgical precision.



Dismantling is almost as impressive as assembly. The rational modular configuration allows the temporary buildings to be removed almost as quickly as they were built. That’s another phenomenon that is not entirely foreign to the medical world.

The advantage – or we should say advantages – for the hospital: complete service from a single source, no time-consuming coordination work, minimal construction emissions, rental conditions that can be adjusted flexibly. In short, an extremely economical solution.