Albert Einstein Education & Research Center


São Paulo, Brazil




250,605 SF


Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein


Safdie Architects


© Timothy Hursley

The Albert Einstein Education and Research Center (AEERC) is conceived as an urban oasis, with an imbued sense of calmness that offers a counterpoint to the activity of the city. Organized around a vaulted, skylit atrium garden, the building’s laboratory spaces, classrooms, and communal areas are interwoven with nature and embody the unique character of the institution.

Located in the residential district of Morumbi, São Paulo, adjacent to the main Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, the AEERC is the latest initiative of the premier Brazilian healthcare institute Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein. As the first medical school to be established by a private hospital in Brazil, it is envisioned as a landmark learning and research environment.

The spacious garden atrium is the physical and symbolic centerpiece of the building. Offering opportunities for spontaneous interaction, collaboration, and discovery, as well as repose and contemplation, the garden atrium serves as the community living room, visible from almost every corner of the building. The stepped terraces connect four main levels of activity, a restaurant on the first floor, amphitheater and auditorium on the center levels, and exhibition/event space on the fourth floor.

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