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15 meters of overhang

I thought that construction specialist will laugh out loud. Fifteen meters overhang, in a bachelor/engineer project? We're supposed to show our engineering competence, not indulge ourselves with expressionist form. In the end, it turned out to be possible - and quite functional.

Content
concept, site plan, floorplans 1:200, ground floorplan 1:100, sections 1:100, detail drawings 1:10, visualizations
Presentation
4x B1 board (100x70cm) + technical description

Hospital for a bachelor project?

Hospital is not very popular subject for a bachelor project - due to its complexity. Our supervisor proposed it as the last subject to choose from, emphasizing that it's...unusual. The plot is very narrow - being a half of original hospital area - but the land was originaly planned for hospital extension was sold - and now, there are very ugly steel garages there. Form of the building was imposing itself in this case - all that remained was to execute it properly.

first concept

Function > form

Why the overhang? According to polish law, the ambulance driveway must have some kind of roof over it. Attaching a roof to the cubature seemed like a not very elegant solution, and I had to use every avaliable square meter of the plot - hence the overhang. Besides, it creates a natural entry point to the building - maybe a little bit too dramatic...

these windows aren't like this for no rason - without this inset, I wouldn't be able to achieve 4 meter distance from the plot border - required by polish law

All hospital insides flow between four main vertical elements, supporting the building. Designing hospitals is hard, as you prepare the spaces for a very specific equipment - but when construction is over, and builidng is ready to function - there is already a new generation of medical equipment avaliable - sometimes rendering your design obsolete on day one...

post-processing step by step

Afterthought

I like this project - up to this day it stirs anxiety in people watching it. Thinking at this point in time - now, I would solve this problem in a very different way. Not so dramatic, more subtle, more rational - closer to the hard, economic reality of architectural design.

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