Regional Blood Center in Racibórz

Regional Blood Center in Racibórz

Architect
FAAB architektura
Location
Raciborz, Poland | View Map
Project Year
2013
Category
Hospitals
Stories By
FAAB architektura

Hunter Douglas Architectural
Bartłomiej Senkowski
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct link
ManufacturersHunter Douglas ArchitecturalNBK™ Terracotta - Facades
Windows DoorsSCHÜCO
Mineral wool PanelsROCKWOOL International A/S
ManufacturerJaga
ManufacturersNBK Architectural Terracotta
Fireproof panelsPromat

Product Spec Sheet
Windows Doors
by SCHÜCO
Mineral wool Panels
Manufacturer
by Jaga
Manufacturers
Fireproof panels
by Promat

Regional Blood Center in Racibórz

FAAB architektura as Architects

Investment divided into three phases, including (1) construction of the new Regional Blood Center building, (2) shelter for the mobile blood center [bus] and (3) the first in Poland specialized Center for Blood Cancer Diagnostics to be located within the existing building. At the moment, the first phase has been completed. The first phase building houses modern cool rooms and storages, blood collecting unit, a complex of advanced medical laboratories and blood radiation laboratory, offices and conference center. Within the building blood is being collected, tested, processed to divide into blood elements and purified with the technology based on radioactive materials. The building elevation is finished with ceramics, including small ceramic tiles on the ground level and glazed ceramic panels on the upper floor levels. The upper levels consist of more than 2000 ceramic elements. Among them 50x100cm flat panels, vertical blinds and (for the first time in Poland) curved panels of 145cm and 195 cm radius. Three different shades of red were implemented to create irregularity on the surface of the all four elevations. Ceramic pipes (TERRART®-BAGUETTE), placed at the uppermost level, protect the conference room from overheating as well as hide complicated and massive technological systems located at the roof level. These ceramic pipes add detail and make the enclosure lighter in its appearance.


The color scheme, the irregularity of the elevation leitmotif and the panel’s glossiness represent the richness of blood, often decribed as the gift of life. The geometry is inspired by the function of the blood center, the clash of biology with technology. Rounded elements represent biology, straight represent technology. The intentional vivid color scheme of the elevation, making the building visually suprising to the public, calls attention to the idea of the blood donation. Application of the glazed panels is inspired by the local Silesian building tradition, which is present in the historical building facades with the glazed bricks. The interior design is based on the colors used in the context of the facade. The stairwell placed in the building’s center, lit with the aid of natural sunlight, is finished with red ceramic tiles along the corridor. Red color is present on floors and walls as an accent.


Most rooms are lit by two belts of windows. The lower window belt illuminates laboratory worktops placed along the outer walls while the upper belt, just below the ceiling, allows the infiltration of natural light to the remotest parts of the rooms. Thanks to glazed internal walls, the corridors are also lit with natural sunlight. The building’s location is under the protection of the national historic preservation office.

Designed to raise people’s awareness

Hunter Douglas Architectural as Manufacturers

The regional blood centre is equipped with a blood donation unit, refrigeration areas, laboratories and a conference centre and forms the first section of a complex that will accommodate, among other things, a specialist blood diagnostic centre. The building geometry is inspired by the function of a blood centre: the interface between biology, symbolised in the round elements, and technology, as expressed through the strictly geometric and straight-line elements. The building envelope is clad with ceramic elements, with small ceramic tiles on the ground floor and glazed ceramic panels on the upper floors. More than 2,000 ceramic elements were used for the upper floors, vertical blinds and - a first in Poland - curved panels. The hollow ceramic elements - TERRART® Baguette - not only shield against light and heat but also conceal the large and complex technical equipment housed in the roof. The deliberately vibrant colour scheme chosen for the building envelope is visually captivating and designed to raise people’s awareness of blood donation. To create a sense of lively irregularity three different shades of red were used. The colour scheme symbolise the preciousness of blood, which is also frequently called the ‘gift of life’. FAAB Architektura was founded in 2003 by Adam Bialobrzeski and Adam Figurski, who head a team of highly experienced architects and engineers. Numerous awards in national and international architectural design competitions are testament to the outstanding work of this architect’s office. Within the field of architectural building planning, FAAB specialises in office buildings, high-rises, hospitals and health centres, cultural and sports centres as well as hotels and resorts.


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