The pavilion of Professor Dyr | kcarch
Project title: The pavilion of Professor Dyr
Location: Praha, Czech Republic
Authors: Václav Čermák & Václav Kolínský
Photo: Zdeněk Porcal
The pavilion of Professor Dyr is the first of the planned comprehensive interventions on the campus of the Institute of Hematology. Fifty years since the last significant interventions in the hospital’s space planning, it is a necessary step into the 21st century. For the architect, it is a challenge even in the broader context of social changes in the perception of urban creation. After years of rapid urbanization, thinning of the structure and chaotic expansion of settlements, the society is dominated by the desire to return maximum functions to their centres. The Institute of Hematology defended its location in the centre of Prague. And in order to fulfill its function as a top scientific workplace, it needs superior facilities. A modern building designed for sophisticated operations, equipped with current technologies for environmental quality, safety and aesthetics is the ideal standard for the future of the area.
The above-ground part of the building, which makes up less than half of its volume, is shaped like a simple prism, trimmed and modified by the surroundings, street line, mass of neighbouring historical buildings. The underground floors then fill the entire space between the existing buildings of the hospital. The underground levels of buildings are connected. The several axes and directions of communication between the existing buildings create the internal tension of the house, where the staircase area stands out the most. In terms of materials, the object is designed sparingly, simple window openings over several floors alternate with solid walls in a regular rhythm, emphasis is placed on proportional balance, simplicity and rationality of the building. Historic facades mirrored in the glass surface as a distant variation on Snozzi’s Monte Carrasso. (Kcarch)