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  7. Knowledge Center at St Olavs Hospital / Ratio Arkitekter AS and Nordic Office of Architecture

Knowledge Center at St Olavs Hospital / Ratio Arkitekter AS and Nordic Office of Architecture

  • 01:00 - 15 November, 2013
Knowledge Center at St Olavs Hospital / Ratio Arkitekter AS and Nordic Office of Architecture
Knowledge Center at St Olavs Hospital / Ratio Arkitekter AS and Nordic Office of Architecture, © Espen Grønli
© Espen Grønli

© Espen Grønli © M.Herzog Visualis © M.Herzog Visualis © M.Herzog Visualis + 23

© Jiri Havran
© Jiri Havran

Text description provided by the architects. The Knowledge Centre, opened in September 2013, completes the overall scheme for the hospital grounds that has been on-going since the design competition in 1995, and is centrally located in the heart of the 225.000 m2 hospital-development in Trondheim, Norway.

© Espen Grønli
© Espen Grønli

This 18.000 m2 building saves 2 million kWh per year, and has proven that it is possible to make significant savings even in the most energy intensive buildings – hospitals. It also makes the passive house-facade a huge and unique work of integrated art and architecture, facing the new urban plaza of the city.

© M.Herzog Visualis
© M.Herzog Visualis

Designed with a strong emphasis on functionality and usability, the Knowledge Centre will provide facilities for both St. Olav’s Hospital and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The building services include outpatient treatment rooms, advanced laboratories, offices, isolated beds, wards, medical/public library, study rooms, auditoriums, canteen and restaurant.

© Jiri Havran
© Jiri Havran

The main building structure is wrapped around the primary place of sharing knowledge; the “egg-shaped” auditoriums – made of an exposed three-dimensional diagrid wooden construction.

© M.Herzog Visualis
© M.Herzog Visualis

Incorporated in the facades is a unique and completely integrated artwork, refining the building components already present in the passive house building. The artistic combination of external walls with white printed glass-cladding and black print on the white sunscreens makes the look of the facades change during the day, dependent on the solar heat load. All the technical installations save energy, working together with the extremely well insulated building - intelligently controlled by a centralized system. Some examples - the indoor lighting use daylight sensors, and are turned on/off as the sunshades go up and down. And 90% of the heat in the indoor air is recycled; ventilation is controlled by CO2-sensors. All materials used are sustainable, healthy, and makes a highly useable and humane hospital building.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Knowledge Center at St Olavs Hospital / Ratio Arkitekter AS and Nordic Office of Architecture" 15 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/448218/knowledge-center-at-st-olavs-hospital-ratio-arkitekter-as-and-nordic-office-of-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884