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  7. Emergency Terminal / Produkcija 004

Emergency Terminal / Produkcija 004

  • 01:00 - 28 October, 2009
Emergency Terminal / Produkcija 004
Emergency Terminal / Produkcija 004, © Produkcija 004
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Zagreb, Croatia
  • Architect

    Produkcija 004
  • Project Architects

    Davor Katušic & Martina Ljubičic
  • Project Team

    Margareta Ćurić,d.i.a., Jana Kocbek, u.d.i.a., Robert Franjo, arh. teh., Ivo Petrić, d.i.a., Marija Burmas, d.i.a.
  • Client

    City of Zagreb and Zagreb Holding
  • Graphic Design

    Juri Armanda, Karl Geisler, Bor Dizdar
  • Builder

    Dalekovod d.d., ZagrebMontaža d.d.
  • Budget

    15 mil. Euro
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Through a synthesis of architectural genres (hospital, clinic, garage, administrative, and educational buildings) the Emergency terminal emerges as a new urban sign of safety, competence and speed. 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, a laboratory, administration service, technical service and multi-story garage accommodating 170 medical vehicles.

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Measuring up to the high criteria of contemporary architecture, the institution, approximately 14,000 sqm in surface area, can serve 2 million citizens. 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.

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© Produkcija 004

Within the heterogeneous surrounding the translucent character of the material (textile membrane - precontraint) 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 white. When lit up at night the membrane façade turns the entire house into a large, white lantern –the white cube becomes an illuminated landmark.

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Tom Van · August 10, 2014

I have couple of issues with this building; unprotected steelwork in an emergency response project sounds a bit risky, there is no impact protection railing on carpark ramp (can not see the detail on typical exterior wall) the atrium at the front is pointless extravagance in a building that is mostly empty most of the time.

Streetscape and public domain contribution is zero (actually, a minus)

A self indulgent and unfriendly presence.

Maged Butter · July 31, 2011

Emergency Terminal / Produkcija 004 #Zagreb #architecture

Pernille · November 05, 2009

I have to say I'm very happy to see these pictures.
I lived in Zagreb a year ago during the construction period. Already by then I found the building very interesting and also quite well functioning visually during the day. and it is true, you basically only pass it by car and the facade changes character as you pass by.
I like how someone detected a problem, in this case how to get the patient to the right department the fastest way, and then made an architecture that deals with this problem in a very simple, but clever way.

mas · November 02, 2009

My mistake, I assumed square meter not square foot. Didn't read carefully.

motefan · October 29, 2009

Just wanted to point out that the cost of construction for this project is about US$130 per square foot. That's amazingly low for such a well-executed building. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find similarly cost-effective projects on this blog.

mas · November 01, 2009 11:59 PM

Project area: 15,000 sqm
Budget: 15 mil. Euro

How do you get 130 usd?

Anyway, I've seen this building and it does impress you more than pictures.

robert · October 29, 2009

that light cube has nothing to do with the site, modern materials doesn't mean all the time great arch....just my thoughts

powkey · October 29, 2009

What is an emergency terminal!? It looks like a place where helicopters carrying wounded can drop them off to be switched to ambulances and the other way around. correct?

bla · October 29, 2009 01:29 PM

that too, but it's more like a parking building for ER vehicles

Nathan · October 29, 2009

Exposed steel in a post-disaster building? Yikes!

David Basulto · November 03, 2009 03:00 AM

It complies with US fire proof standards.

ethem · October 28, 2009

reminds me of this :
project year 2006

Pierre · October 28, 2009 09:45 PM

So true

blackstone · October 28, 2009

interesting project-- very nice at night, but NOT during the day. the facade should have been designed to be more convincing when it is not illuminated from within.

Zitoon · November 07, 2009 04:40 AM

Blackstone : do you dare show us some of your work?

bla · October 30, 2009 09:27 PM

i wasn't fooled by the photos because i live nearby and see that terminal almost every day. it really doesn't look solid, that's a fact. and i like it this way, much more than i would like it if it had glass facade- but that's my opinion, you really don't have to agree with me ;)
+those aerial photos don't mean a thing, no one sees it from that perspective
it's wrong to judge architecture by the photos you see 'cos that's not what architecture's all about, but hey, i do it too for most of the buildings..

bla · October 29, 2009 02:08 PM

don't know about the others, but i really like it during day, the building has a dreamy look, all white and semi transparent and.. not solid. And since there's no public spaces near, you mostly see it from your car/bus.
so while driving towards it, you see something rising above surrounding building, but doesn't look like one itself.

Tuf-Pak · October 29, 2009 06:44 AM

I have to disagree. At least in the aerial view, the image of the building during the day is nice to me. A big swan white monolith. That day to dusk transition must be interesting.

roadkill · October 28, 2009

Does anyone have experience using textile membrane – precontraint? sounds like an interesting material but I have so many questions about it...

let us all know please what you think

Richie · October 28, 2009

This is very slick.. there's some very commendable architecture coming out of Croatia lately.

Tina · October 28, 2009 05:09 PM

Hahaaha, you are quite right. It's a popular trend in Croatia.


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