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Friday, March 27, 2009

Polyclinic, Split, Croatia

3LHD wins competition to design Polyclinic Center in Split

The close surroundings and the historical site of the Firule area are one of the most enjoyable Split’s living, working and recreation environments. The extraordinary location for the polyclinic is one of its greatest advantages. Its location near an existing hospital complex in Firule, in close proximity to the sea and fresh air, gives it even more importance and value.

A project of such determinate function requires maximum pragmatism, as well as a high level of technical equipment and technological functionality. It was necessary to develop acquired functions vertically in order to place all the services, diagnostics, practices and laboratories as requested. All public spaces are located on the basement, ground and first floors, with the patient clinic and administration on the upper floors and a garage underground. The main visual element of the building which accents the whole is a facade envelope, made of horizontal bands, covering the building like the bandages protecting a patient.

Like a membrane which protects from the sun, it is a sophisticated light regulator and it conceals as much as reveals. It is also used as a classic sunshade, its design inspired by one of the most recognisable elements of Split’s modern architecture - Ivo Radi’s “Briss Soleil”. atria / loggias are segments of exterior and semi public areas placed throughout all floors.

These divide and connect the spaces of the polyclinic, and instead of an introvert hospital corridor, they provide a relaxing zone filled with Mediterranean greenery, wooden terraces with view to the sea and surrounding islands. In the atria, patients, staff and visitors can take a break, take in some fresh sea air and take a walk...even in their pyjamas.
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