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House Of Dignity – Hospice

Based on the WHO’s estimation, min. 50 palliative beds should be provided per one million people. Less than half of this is available in Hungary! Péter Oravecz designed a Hospice as his diploma where people can spend their last days in dignity.

DIGNITY[noun]

"The most common response people offer is that dignity is about respect. To the contrary, dignity is not the same as respect. Dignity is our inherent value and worth as human beings; everyone is born with it. Respect, on the other hand, is earned through one’s actions."

Dr. Donna Hicks

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Because of some tragic family reasons I recently visited the oncology of my hometown’s hospital, so I knew exactly what kind of troubled circumstances prevailed there. I felt that I could help with this situation within my MSc degree work. Based on the WHO’s estimation, min. 50 palliative beds should be provided per one million people. Less than half of this is available in Hungary! After that, I decided that a Hospice would be the subject of my diploma work, which will be located at the Flór Ferenc Hospital.

Kistarcsa is small town located in Pest country, Hungary. On the outskirts of this city located one of the most important hospital of the county, the Flór Ferenc Hospital. The building of the hospital started in 1976. With the help of various applications it is constantly being developed. Over the years special hospital departments have appeared here in this institution such as oncology. 



Concept

At the beginning of the panning I considered three main aspects: the workers, the patients and the relatives. I tried to create a link between the 3 building wings that represented the hugging movement.(inward turning theme) Thus design creates an interior courtyard with the center of the existing green space.

I continued experimenting with private and public relations. The connection between the inner courtyard and the forested area is ensured by the negative (community) spaces.You can notice the solid spaces if you see trough the glass surfaces that are covering the hollow spaces. And it It satisfies the private (positive) needs of the patients.

Construction

The wood lattice shell structure which covers the big negative (hollow) spaces is the paraphrase of the general cassette suspended ceiling. The load-bearing structure of the solid (positive) spaces is the statically dimensioned KLH cross laminated timber roof and wall panels.

The appearance of the building is dual. The facade of solid spaces is oak tree lath due to the connection of the forested area. The structure and covering of the public spaces and corridors are copolite (LAMBERTS profilglass) glass wall. The existing green roof is reinforced by the planned green roof.

Peter Oravecz



 

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