Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX Portugal

Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX Portugal

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  • 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
  • Construction Technical Support : Gonçalo Azevedo
  • Sanitary Planning : Aquadomus, Consultores Lda
  • Electrical Planning : AT, Serviços de Engenharia Electrontécnica e Electrónica Lda.
  • Telecommunications Planning : AT, Serviços de Engenharia Electrontécnica e Electrónica Lda.
  • Security Planning : AT Serviços de Engenharia Lda.
  • Owner : Instituto Português do Sangue
  • City : Covões
  • Country : Portugal
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Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX Portugal - Stairs, Handrail
© Fernando Guerra | 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.

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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.

Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX Portugal - Windows, Facade
© Fernando Guerra | 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.

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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.

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Model

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

Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX Portugal - Handrail
© Fernando Guerra | 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.

Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX Portugal - Beam
© Fernando Guerra | 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.

Coimbra Blood Bank / ARX Portugal - Lighting
© Fernando Guerra | 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.

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© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Address:3060-284 Covões, Portugal

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

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