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Wave One Building, Sopot, Poland



Wave One Poland, Sopot Building, Complex Medical Laboratories Development, Polish Modern Architecture Photos
Wave One Building, Sopot Poland
20 Jun 2022
Architecture: FAAB Architektura
Location: European Center for Families, Sopot, Poland

Photos FAAB, Photographer: Maciej Lulko
Wave One Building, Poland
Wave One, of the European Center for Families, is located 400 meters from the Baltic Sea in what is historically known as a health resort town. The concept is derived from the complexity of sea waves and the local vernacular of carved ornamental detailing on facade elements. Drawing upon this, the architects created a site concept composed of five inter-related buildings, reminiscent of waves. Wave One, the first to be built after a lengthy design and construction process, encompasses specialized medical laboratories, including SARS-CoV-2 testing labs, a research & development center, and administration spaces.
Form

The white perforated facade, enfolding Wave One, was partly inspired by a series of photographs by Pierre Carreau, titled AquaViva. The architects analyzed the geometric complexity of the sea waves captured by the photographer. The arched 3D forms, frozen in time, were translated into an architectural language that shaped the building?s final form. With 1,362 perforated triangular panels, the facade, just like a wave, bends at its crest, the top of the building.

The perforated panels are a symbolic gesture referencing:

1) the local tradition of placin...
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