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Established unity - Medical Center in Kecskemét

The Medical Center in Kecskemét is the result of a construction process that lasted for decades with varying intensity. For the building ensemble, the design of Miklós Marosi determined the development period of more than four decades. 

The architectural image of the district-scale hospital complex bears the signs of different times, although the architect managed to hold all this in one unity. The units of the county hospital, which had previously been run on two major sites, were merged into a new medical center. During the past three and a half decades, new features were constantly added to the department located in Nyíri út, the county ambulance station as well as buildings of finance, management, storage and garage, a new county specialist clinic, dialysis station, decenter of oncoradiology were built here, and also a so-called hotel-wing was completed. The most dominant element of the development of the hospital, which stands in a landscaped environment, was the new building block with 15,737 m2 floor area. 

Medical Center in Kecskemét - architect: Marosi Miklós - photo: Danyi Balázs

The building has a partial basement floor, ground floor and four storeys, its architecture appears with modest, clear, bright structures and colors – the walls are mainly white painted, the light grey doors and windows are provided with large glazing and enlivened by a decent orange stripe on the ground-floor cornice – matching the mass and rhythm of the existing blocks. The interior of the building and the renewed central lobby are typical of their stringent but clearly readable architectural functionalism. During the complex design process, the history of a continuous improvement of the building ensemble had to be kept in mind as well as the needs and technologies changing by time. Meanwhile, the development had to be carried out in a way that allowed the reliable and constant operation of the already existing hospital functions.

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