Charles Correa Champalimaud Foundation


Auditorium, Sport & Wellness, Factories, Offices,


Inaugurated in the fall of 2010, the “Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown” designed by Indian architect Charles Correa is composed of two buildings linked by a steel and glass bridge 21 metres long.

Charles Correa Champalimaud Foundation The entire architectural complex of the “Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown” designed by Indian architect Charles Correa fits into a big public area hosting the foundation’s research laboratories, auditorium, exhibition spaces and offices. The transparent bridge linking the two parts of the building was made by structural engineers Bergermann Schlaich und Partner of Stuttgart (Germany), Prof. Jens Schneider of Darmstadt University (Germany) and Bellapart of Olot (Spain). It is covered with panels of stratified glass with a layer of DuPont™ SentryGlas? between them. The centre stands on a site of historic importance near Lisbon, in the area where the Tago River flows into the Atlantic, where Portuguese sailors came ashore after their voyages of discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries. The centre thus establishes an ideal link with the past, as a centre for scientific research in the fields of neuroscience and oncology.

by Agnese Bifulco

Design: Charles Correa Associates
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Photographs: Courtesy of Bellapart and the Champalimaud Foundation



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