IASO (THESSALY) Clinic has a capacity of 213 beds and is located between Volos and Larissa, in a building site of approximately 60.000m2, east of the Old National Road Athens – Thessaloniki.
The position and the plan of the site, and also the flat horizon of the Thessaly plain, resulted to a synthesis of a three building complex.
In each building unit, grouped by function, are the necessary departments for the operation of the clinic, including:
• Nursing Units and Pediatric Nursing Unit.
• Special units and intensive care units.
• Diagnosis and treatment departments.
• Customer Services.
The architectural proposal aims to create a building complex functional, open and friendly to users and, at the same time, well adapted to the environment.
More specifically the objectives of the design are:
• The proper function of the hospital, by minimizing departmental corridors and by creating excellent integration between the functional departments.
• The appearance of the building on the flat horizontal surface of the Thessaly plain, in order to create a powerful reference point for the inhabitants of the area.
• The creation of building volumes with character and personality.
• The use of proper orientation for natural lighting of spaces.
• The direct identification of the main entrance of the building as seen from the old national highway.
• The incorporation of green spaces of appropriate size, around the buildings of the Clinic.
Three building entities constitute the complex of the hospital.
The rectangular “Building A” has three floors over ground, that include the Diagnosis – Treatment departments, such as surgeries, maternity clinic, diagnostic laboratories, introspection departments and assistant services.
The “Building B” has five floors above the ground and an elongated zigzag shape. The building extends away from building A, generating an access road for the entrance of patients. At the center is the main vertical core of circulation, where three corridor-bridges link the two buildings to each other.
“Building C” is a triangular two-storey volume that houses the main entrance of the complex, the main reception, the multipurpose hall, cafeteria and shops.
The semi translucent canopies, that mark both the main entrance and the other entrances of the complex, they are made by metal frames with translucent polycarbonate sheets.
The basic colors, giving the complex its unique identity, are the white of the insulating coating and the silver of the aluminum panels and blinds, while some smaller volumes become autonomous with intense color variations. At night, special lighting creates an alternative color composition providing a new aspect of the building.
Contributed by Sparch | Sakellaridou / Papanikolaou Architects