Shades of Red

The design of the Regional Blood Center in Raciborz, Poland, by FAAB Architektura with the intentional vivid color scheme of the elevation, makes the building visually surprising

FAAB Architektura

The building houses modern cool rooms and storages, blood collecting unit, a complex of advanced medical laboratories, and blood radiation laboratory, offices and conference center.

The building elevation is finished with ceramics, including small ceramic tiles on the ground level and glazed ceramic panels on the upper floor levels. The upper levels consist of more than 2000 ceramic elements. Among them 50x100cm flat panels, vertical blinds and (for the first time in Poland) curved panels of 145cm and 195cm radius.

FAAB Architektura

Three different shades of red were implemented to create irregularity on the surface of all the four elevations. Ceramic pipes placed at the uppermost level, protect the conference room from overheating as well as hide complicated and massive technological systems located at the roof level. These ceramic pipes add detail and make the enclosure lighter in appearance.

The color scheme, the irregularity of the elevation leitmotif, and the panel’s glossiness represent the richness of blood. Rounded elements represent biology, straight represent technology. Application of the glazed panels is inspired by the local Silesian building tradition, which is present in the historical building facades with the glazed bricks.

FAAB Architektura

The interior design is based on the colours used in the context of the facade. The stairwell placed in the building’s center is lit up by natural sunlight and is finished with red ceramic tiles along the corridor. Red color is present on floors and walls as an accent.

Most rooms are lit by two belts of windows. The lower window belt illuminates laboratory worktops placed along the outer walls while the upper belt, just below the ceiling, allows the infiltration of natural light to the remotest parts of the rooms. Due to the glazed internal walls, the corridors are also lit with natural sunlight.

Photos: Bartłomiej Senkowski