TRAUMA CENTRE AT KRÁLOVSKÉ VINOHRADY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, PRAGUE

Customer
Královské Vinohrady University Hospital
Architect
OBERMEYER HELIKA, a.s., Artistic collaboration: KVADRA Prague
Main building designer
OBERMEYER HELIKA a.s.
Construction period
preparation of documentation 2009 – 2011
Activities undertaken

project design documentation, project documentation for urban planning submission, project documentation for the building permit submission (includes obtaining the building permit), working documentation, interior design

Construction cost
CZK 3.6 billion

Intended as a conceptual solution to address an urgent need for this essential healthcare institution to serve the whole right-bank area of Prague, the significance of the new Trauma Centre at Královské Vinohrady University Hospital justifies the siting of the new building within the chaotic urban fabric along the boundary of Vršovice and Vinohrady municipalities so that it would become a natural dominating feature of this locality. The new Trauma Centre complex is based on a simplified ground floor plan that allows three compositional axes to be distinguished, each of which responds in its own way to the surrounding areas. The direction of the first compositional axis, which is derived from the basically rectangular shape of the adjoining section of the hospital complex, is defined specifically by the western side of the trapezoidal institutional care building in the complex. The second axis on the opposite side, running towards Ruská třída, defines the main access to the complex. The third axis on the eastern side, which defines the horizontal diagnostic and therapeutic pavilion, forms a circular segment that does not refer to any of the many directions in which the residential buildings scattered in the surrounding area run. The sloping gradient of the complex in the direction towards Ruská třída is reflected in a gradation in height. This gradation is achieved by the successive arrangement of the buildings, starting from the highest (the ward units of the institutional care building) down to the lower buildings (those housing admission and emergency units and examination and therapeutic sections). The difference in architectural volumes and functions of the buildings is reflected in the architectural design of the facades. Two of the dominant architectural volumes of the same material are distinguished by the colour and arrangement of the external cladding. In the third dominant architectural volume, the difference in terms of volume and function is reflected in the structural design and the use of building materials. The main aim of the architect was to create a serious, timeless design with humanising elements.

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