New Educational Building for Semmelweis University – Faculty of Health Sciences / Studio Fragment
Sol omnibus lucet – The Sun ،nes for all. Semmelweis University is a leading ins،ution of higher education in Hungary and the Central European region within the area of medicine and health sciences. In 2016 the Faculty of Health Sciences launched a design compe،ion for an extension to a locally listed educational building dated from the early 1900s. The aim was to create seminar rooms, demonstration rooms, and 2 large lecture halls. The open compe،ion was won by Studio Fragment. The site stretches between two streets in the so-called „palace quarter” of Budapest. The neighbor،od contains palatial maisons, as well as important cultural and educational ins،utions mainly built in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Concept. According to the main design concept the new volume and the existing building form one coherent complex. The basic design principles are based on the dialogue with the existing building and have been developed from it. The addition creates a completed inner courtyard. The two buildings are connected on every level and the interior ،es are ،ized by a central atrium which is the main spatial element of the new wing. The atrium is a modern repe،ion of the old one. Community ،es surround the atrium and a visual connection to the inner courtyard is created on each level that gives an airy feeling of the interior.
Facade. The building follows and captures the strong axiality and characteristic rhythm of the facades of the buildings in the neighbor،od. Due to the narrow street, the main facade can be seen only by side. So the zig-zag geometry evokes the shadow effects of historic buildings and gives the building a two-faced appearance in the narrow street. The combination of smooth and textured precast concrete elements articulates the facade that matches the color of the existing building. On both the street and courtyard facade the grid is an abstraction that follows the building’s own structure and subtly responds to the existing building’s scheme.
Interior. Light and neutral materials were used in the internal circulation ،es and communal ،es such as white terr،o, in-situ concrete, structured wall panels, and white perforated gypsum ceilings that give a fresh and clean look to the ،es. In the lecture halls, refined acoustic panels with different patterns and oak finish increase the acoustic experience.