Center for biotechnology and biomedical research


MCA took part in the competition for the design of the Center for Biotechnology and Biomedical Research for the Foundation Ri.MED. The main objective of the intervention is to create a complex that meets the principles of environmental sustainability. Recognizing the value of the area’s landscape and its morphology led to informed choices relating to the formal context and the surrounding buildings. The buildings, partly sunken into the ground, gradually emerge like rocky outcrops rising toward the sea. Architecture and technology are integrated harmoniously in the buildings themselves, rendering them recognizable as places advanced research and high quality.


energy performance

-100% HVAC CO2

0 kg CO2 / mq y

LEED GOLD - Complesso a energia positiva

heating 70 kWht / mq y

cooling 275 kWhf / mq y

Location: Carini, Palermo, Italy

Year: 2011

Client: Fondazione RIMED


Surface area: 25 000m2

Project: Mario Cucinella Architects

Team: Mario Cucinella, Michele Olivieri (architect in charge), Rigoberto Arambula, Nada Balestri, Toufic Haidamous, Hyun Seok Kim, Caterina Michelini,  Riccardo Minghini,Giulia Pentella; Yuri Costantini (model maker)


Engineering: Politecnica ingegneria e architettura

Functional layout: Ellenzweig Associates Inc

3D Rendering: Engram Studio