The Hospital was constructed on a 15.7 hectare plot, in the northwest of Thessaloniki. It has a 735 bed capacity and develops around the three-storey main entrance, from which the basic axes of vertical and horizontal circulation radiate out, serving building volumes of various heights, the highest being seven stories high.
During the design phase, the main goal was to create a building that would ensure the smallest possible area with the lowest possible cost, which would function well and offer high quality health services, up-to-date diagnostics and treatment methods, a friendly environment on a human scale and low energy consumption from non-renewable sources.
In order to achieve these goals, the Hospital was constructed in such a way as to include special diagnostic and treatment departments with high tech equipment, positioned synergistically around a rationally organised system / web of horizontal and vertical circulation axes. A large number of atria and the way volumes increase in scale, ensure natural lighting and ventilation to most spaces in the building. The use of mainly natural materials, the application of principles of bioclimatic design, the correct use of orientation and careful landscaping of the surrounding areas led to the construction of a building that is user-friendly, protected from the elements and the weather, as well as from noise pollution, which also creates a microclimate that will lower energy consumption requirements.
PAPAGEORGIOU FOUNDATION, GENERAL UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL THESSALONIKI - 1991
Associate Architect: L. Niakaki, N. Bouridou / Collaborating Ofiices: A. Tombazis and Weiderplan
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