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  7. Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX

Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX

  • 01:00 - 21 December, 2013
Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX
Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX, © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG + 51

  • Architects

    ARX
  • Location

    3060-284 Covões, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
  • Design Team

    Paulo Rocha, Stefano Riva, Marco Roque Antunes, Nuno Grancho, Tiago Santos, Andreia Tomé, Tânia Pedro, Clara Martins, Pedro Sousa, Alain Gameiro
  • Area

    4100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Construction Technical Support

    Gonçalo Azevedo
  • Landscape Architecture

    PROAP, Estudos e Projectos de Arquitectura Paisagista Lda.
  • Structural Engineering

    Tal Projecto, Projectos, Estudos e Serviços de Engenharia Lda
  • Electrical and Telecomunications Planning

    AT, Serviços de Engenharia Electrontécnica e Electrónica Lda.
  • Sanitary Planning

    Aquadomus, Consultores Lda
  • Mechanical Planning

    PEN, Projectos de Engenharia Lda.
  • Security Planning

    AT, Serviços de Engenharia Electrontécnica e Electrónica Lda.
  • Owner

    Instituto Português do Sangue
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Text description provided by the architects. A Regional Blood Centre is essentially a highly complex laboratory building, where the donated blood is separated into its three major components and transformed for medicinal purposes.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

This being the second Centre we design (the first one was in Porto), it reflects a bigger tranquillity and come to terms with the treatment to be given to the complex technical paraphernalia proper of these buildings. This understanding has brought us, this second chance around, a deeper feeling of freedom.

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

The land for its implantation is of a beauty that reminds us of landscapes more como in the north of Europe: a thick forest of 147 feet-tall pine trees, only 6 or 9 feet apart from each other. Inside the dense woods a world of shade rules over the sky, which is seen only briefly, piercing the green "canvas" made by the tree-tops.

Longitudinal Section 1
Longitudinal Section 1

Although there are some urbanized areas relatively near by, there is a strong feeling of isolation, like we had crossed somewhere a sort of filter. This land is located on the wavy line atop of a hill, suddenly falling down a very inclined slope.

Model
Model

In this place, any building seems to be excessive. It is a disruption in the balance of this landscape.

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

The concept of the building clearly reflects a will to stand up to that "displaced", odd and unexpected character. It is a big grey volume, completely wrapped in zinc, whose only connection to the place seems to be a reaction to the wavy properties of the ground, tracing along with its form the undulation of the topography.

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

The entrances, as well as all the openings, windows and skylights, are like ridges or furrows that highlight the resulting tension of the folded volume: on the convex side they project out; on the concavous side they are the same plan of the building's body. In both cases, they reveal the inside, warm and bright.

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

When designing the interiors, we stated our fascination for the necessity of linear and antiseptic spaces, but now dealing with a radical aesthetic interpretation, of merely functional obsessions, that we found in other laboratories we visited for this project.

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

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Cite: "Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX" 21 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/459667/coimbra-blood-bank-arx/> ISSN 0719-8884