On June 20 this year, the closed, one-stage competition for the design of the Training and Scientific Center of the Regional Medical Chamber in Gdansk, announced in January, was resolved. Although the Medical Chamber was not required to hold a competition, the decision was made to adopt such a formula and invite five design companies to participate.
The new center is planned in Gdansk's Aniołki district, adjacent to the Chamber's headquarters, on Dębinki Street, between Śniadeckich and Orzeszkowa Streets. The area currently houses the TKKF Dębinki pavilions, whose activities will be relocated to the planned center. The program of the new facility includes a training and scientific part with a multifunctional hall for three hundred people and a library, as well as accommodation and catering part, serving training courses and open to guests from outside.
The competition jury, chaired by Paweł Majkusiak of JEMS Architects, unanimously decided to award the first prize to the TOPROJEKT studio from Rybnik. The team of architects consisting of Marek Wawrzyniak, Karol Wawrzyniak, Pushkraj Tambdey, Marzia Maria Petricci, Katarzyna Ostrowicz, Adriana Lukowska and Agata Skiba proposed a complex consisting of two pavilions sunk in greenery with cladding of flat ceramic tiles and brick.
The authors of the work demonstrated a high sensitivity to the urban context and an understanding of the character of the site, which allowed for an optimal balance of scale, form and material solutions. The designed center, especially the training part, has high adaptability. The organization of functions and flexibility of arrangement translates into rational space management, thanks to which the usable area has been reduced to a minimum, and the compact body will bring real operational savings. In the accommodation section, an attractive common space (patio) has been achieved while limiting the size of the rooms. The concept is consistent, and the presentation of the design idea is synthetic and thoughtful. The concept is a successful attempt to create a recognizable public facility - not scaled down, but clearly larger in size than the villa development, which is a characteristic feature of the urban layout of the district. The proposed center fits in with the historical development of Aniołki, while maintaining the contemporary character of the buildings - it will be a showpiece for both the District Medical Chamber and the district," reads the jury's justification.
In the competition prepared and implemented by A2P2 architecture & planning, no second prize was awarded, and two equal third places went to the projects of Koszalin-based HMS Architektura and Sopot-based Roark Studio. The investment budget is about 20 million zlotys, and the center is scheduled to open in 2023.
Illustrations courtesy of the organizers.