Emergency Terminal Zagreb
EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE INSTITUTE, Zagreb Awarded first place in the 2004 competition Gross surface area: 14 000m2 Ordering party: The City of Zagreb – City Council Realization: 2004-2009 This project of Produkcija 004’s architectural team from Zagreb, headed by Davor KatuÅ¡ic, won first prize in the 2004 public architecture competition. The multipurpose building at the intersection of Heinzelova and Radnicka Streets measures up to the high criteria of contemporary architecture. The institution, approximately 14,000 m2 in surface area, can serve 2 million citizens. The 8-story facility includes a reception and telecommunications service, resuscitation clinic, in-patient clinic, Zagreb City’s medical supply storage, a lecture hall and classrooms, administration service, technical service and multi-story garage accommodating 170 medical vehicles. Through a combination of architectural genres (hospital, clinic, garage, administrative, and educational buildings) the Emergency terminal becomes a new urban sign of safety, competence and speed. The steel skeletal construction with supported ceiling plates meets the architectural demands of lightness and spatial variability. An effective and rational solution for the large surface of the façade is the membrane net structure. The translucent character of the material (precontraint, used for the first time here to this extent and for this purpose) contributes to the varying perception of the building during the day versus during the night. In the daylight the house dominates with its volume and attracts with the cleanness (sterility) of the color white. When lit up at night the membrane façade turns the entire house into a large, white Chinese lantern –the white cube becomes an illuminated landmark. The construction is completed in Aprile 2009. Contemporary building at Heinzlova 88 in October 2009 will mark the 100th year of work of Zagreb's Emergency Medical Assistance Institute.

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