The new extension to the Roubaix Hospital adds sterilisation services and laboratories to the existing emergency and operating block facilities. An articulation ideally positioned between the more traditional domestic buildings, the future Mother/Child/Infant centre acts as a liaison with the logistical zone. A quiet, contemporary design of clean lines assures the polite insertion of the new architecture into the site.
The building is destined to accommodate small vaccine production units and the internal organization must therefore be flexible, allowing for rigorously distinct units of variable sizes. In addition to the conventional task of designing volumes and the aspect of the facades and surroundings, the architects cooperated closely with the GSK engineers on matters of safety for the building and its occupants.
The University of Liege has decided to unit part of its research in genetic biology for the purpose of promoting this rapidly-expanding specialty.This research centre, known as the GIGA («Grappe interdisciplinaire de Génoprotéomique appliquée»), wishes to establish a laboratory presence in the premises of the CHU (Sart-Tilman); the premises, which are not yet finished, are owned by the University of Liège.The work is be carried out on 3 levels (with an option for 5 levels), with a total surface area of 2,500 m² each.
The design of the Institute of Biology and Molecular Medicine laboratories at the Université Libre de Bruxelles was dictated by the operational and safety constraints long since established by the institution. The need to create optimal flows and links between the sections resulted in the choice of an H-plan. The concrete facades were finished in industrial metal sheeting, skilfully deployed to lend the building an expressive and high quality aspect. The many extraction chimneys required by each laboratory unit were built into the space between the concrete facade and the metal finish.
The building was designed initially by the SRS Architect Practice in Atlanta, Georgia, who wanted to give the building the green colour of the original Coca-Cola bottle. This initial idea remained despite a total rethinking of the building’s volumetric design and internal organization by Art & Build. The offices are laid out around two atria with major engineering involved for the purposes of fire protection. An interior street including shops, banks, meeting rooms, exhibition areas, etc. brings continuous life to the ground floor.
Destined to accommodate the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare, the buildings were designed to reflect both the functionality and prestige of this institution administered by the Council of Europe. Housed beneath a large curved roof, the laboratories form a separate building that reflects their function while the offices form two asymmetrical wings. Here the architecture succeeds in expressing the institution's role and authority.