The Red Cross commissioned Antwerp-based Polo 46 architects to design a new building for their blood service, alongside their head office in Mechelen. This new building will house services for the collection, research and delivery of blood products for use in hospitals. A clear structure is based on two volumes, one horizontal and one vertical. The vertical volume houses the offices and laboratories in a generic and flexible arrangement, which allows the building to adapt to changing needs. The horizontal block consists of a closed base which houses the storage and care library. Level one houses a multipurpose space, a cafetaria and a blood collection area. In collaboration with Polo, we set up an appropriate furnishing concept with strict and functional design furniture.
photography: Katie Verkinderen