A three part project, Blood Center by FAAB Architektura includes the construction of a new Regional Blood Center building (completed), a shelter for a mobile blood center [bus] and the first specialized Center for Blood Cancer Diagnostics in Poland.
The first phase of building houses modern cool rooms and storage, a blood collecting unit, a complex of advanced medical laboratories and a blood radiation laboratory, offices and a conference center. Inside the building blood is collected, tested, processed to divide it into blood elements and purified with technology based on radioactive materials.
The building facade 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, 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.” says FAAB.
“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 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.”
Name of the project: Regional Blood Center in Racibórz
Categories: Healthcare, blood center
Subcategories: New construction, refurbishment and extension
Net Area: 2.771 m2
Volume: 11.800 m3
Architects: Adam Białobrzeski, Adam Figuski, Maria Messina
Architectural assistants: Weronika Libiszowska, Emilia Rusińska
Contractor: Skobud sp. z o.o.