Emergency Terminal / Produkcija 004


Architect: Produkcija 004
Location: Zagreb,
Client: City of Zagreb and Zagreb Holding
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.
Graphic Design: Juri Armanda, Karl Geisler, Bor Dizdar
Builder: Dalekovod d.d., ZagrebMontaža d.d.
Project area: 15,000 sqm
Budget: 15 mil. Euro
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Produkcija 004

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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 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.



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.


Cite: "Emergency Terminal / Produkcija 004" 28 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=38862>
  • Richie

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

    • Tina

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

  • roadkill

    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

  • blackstone

    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.

    • Tuf-Pak

      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.

    • bla

      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.

      • blackstone

        NOT solid? let’s not be fooled by the photos taken at dawn or dusk, which are nice but a fleeting condition. a couple other photos clearly indicate just what a big, white, monolithic box this is during most of the daylight hours.

    • bla

      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..

      • Muse

        I must agree with you; the building IS milky-translucent, but not in the “obvious”, glass-covered way. From the distance is seems like a white solid, but as you’re getting closer it reveals it’s inner structure and form, giving us an interesting visual experience.

        Therefore, aerial photos can’t show us the building’s spatial effect and it’s radiosity – that is, in my opinion, a correct statement.

        The subject of showing function on the facade is here both affirmed and denied, for many hours could we discuss the pros and cons of this approach.

        I’ve heard, though, that some functional faults exist – it is something that only the users are allowed to comment. I’m no doctor or a nurse ;)

        All in all, visually and technically refreshing and inspiring, yet to be prooven good (functionally) architecture.

    • Zitoon

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

  • ethem
    • Pierre

      So true

  • Nathan

    Exposed steel in a post-disaster building? Yikes!

    • http://www.archdaily.com David Basulto

      It complies with US fire proof standards.

      • Nathan


  • http://gradientsandblurs.blogspot.com/ powkey

    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

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

  • robert

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

  • motefan

    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

      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.

      • Gorgos

        15000 square meter for 15 mil euro = 1000 euro/m2

        approx 11 square foot in 1 square meter = 90 euro/f2

        exchange rate is approx 1.5 -> 90 x1.5 = 135 dollars per square foot.

  • mas

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

  • Pernille

    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.

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  • Tom Van

    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.