Unified and logical
The vision for the project was to design the pharmacy as a unified building, with a logical organisation and flow. The transparent facade serves as a friendly outward face.
We wanted to develop a clear and simple building, where the various functions each get their optimal form. The new production pharmacy consists of four main functions: warehouse, production, office and technical. The four functional areas have comparable requirements for size, but each has its own unique requirements for daylight, technology and user flow. The solution has been to design a unified building consisting of two building types: an office and administration building with a floor height and building depth to match, and a production building where storage, production and engineering are stacked. The unifying design of the facades givesthe impression of a single building. Inside, the two parts will be united around a common courtyard. Here, the building meets physically and visually - the whole building has access to courtyard. Additionally, the windows in the office and production building provide a visual connection across the building's functions, so that the pharmacy's employees feel connected.
The building will be constructed as building class 2020 with several passive, active, renewable and DGNB measures. The philosophy is that the most sustainable energy is the energy we do not use. Preliminary energy analyses have been carried out, with a particular focus on so-called keep-it-simple technologies, i.e., high use of passive, well-known measures and energy-efficient technology. A prerequisite for low energy consumption for building operations is that loads that can be a nuisance are reduced or eliminated before they reach the building. Minimising loads will also benefit the overall indoor climate strategy of the building. We then worked to ensure that the optimised energy needs are met by the most efficient and clean energy sources, including the use of solar cells and the collective district cooling system, where waste heat is recycled at AUH.
Our task included an extensive user process in the layout and project proposal. With nine different user tracks and over 400 unique items of fixtures and equipment, there has been a lot to keep track of. Through 45 meetings, we worked closely with the users to overcome some interesting and complex challenges.