SAINT PANTALEON HOSPITAL, DUNAÚJVÁROS – SURGERY AND DIAGNOSTIC WING
Architects: BORDÁCS László, HAVRÁN Judit
The extension of the hospital complex, built on the bank of the Danube, was made difficult by the riverbank protection regulations, there was only one way to position the new wing. It is connected to the existing main building through a staircase block, which resolves the differences in level between the two buildings. The appearance of the new wing and the cladding of its facades are in harmony with that of the old block, built in 1965.
The hospital is located near the Danube, in a landscaped area and its possible extension was defined by loess bank protection regulations. In consequence, the new block could be connected to the existing one only in one direction, at the end wall of the main entrance wing of the existing building. However, this presented serious complications, because the floor height requirement of the functions to be accommodated in the new building exceeded that of the existing building. In order to solve this problem, the two buildings were joined through a new vertical traffic hub, where the landings of the staircase and the two way elevators eliminated the difficulties. The ground floor lobby of the new, three storey wing is easily accessible from the main entrance of the hospital, through the park, but it also has indoor connection to the lobby of the main building and the emergency care unit, located in the basement.
The hospital was built in the 1960s, the operating rooms were connected to each department, according to the requirements of that time. One of the aims of this development was the centralization of the operating theatres and this generated the relocation of two other functions, the intensive care unit and the central sterilizer were also transferred to the new building. The basis of modern hospital care is the directly accessible emergency care unit, which had been established earlier in the basement of the old building, but in very cramped conditions. The unit was extended in the new wing, with direct connection to the new diagnostic imaging unit (CT, X-ray, ultrasound), which serves the outpatients as well. The special clinics of gynecology, surgery, neurosurgery and traumatology are also located here.
The appearance of the new building relates to the old one with its architecturally formed openings. The pale ocher coloured, mounted ceramic tile cladding also evokes the original, fixed cladding of the main building, but there are coloured elements as well, accentuating the spatial division of the building.
Location: Dunaújváros, Korányi Sándor utca 4–6. Built: 2015 Architects: BORDÁCS László, HAVRÁN Judit Interior architects: KERECSÉNYI Zsuzsa Area: 6090 m²