Printed Glass Façade in a University Hosptial in Finland
Kuopio University Hospital
1,500 sqm / 16,146 sqf
6+6 mm clear glass
"The great wide area inspired us to design something large-scale, meaningful but practical at the same time."
Physicians are privy to the unique perspective that the average person is not. Many of them enjoy man’s inner beauty daily. Some cut it with a surgeon’s sharp knife, others look at the spatial forms of cells through a microscope. This was the idea behind the artwork, entitled "Evolution", of the glass façade of Kuopio University Hospital; reveal man’s inner beauty. All the fantastic images used in the Evolution artwork have been taken inside us by researchers or physicians, with a confocal microscope. The glass façade provides a large-scale surface area to small cells, pulsating vascular system and the nervous system which have been massively enlarged creating a new aesthetic experience for the viewer.
The technique [digital ceramic glass printing] is versatile and prestigeous. It is well suited for the art design since the maintenance is easy and cost effective, and with large glass surfaces you can create something really substantial.. Creativity is the only limit in using glass printing!
Partanen & Lamusuo Ltd
The digital ceramic colors and the artwork printed onto the glass looks different at different times of day, weather, and seasons. Every window offers a unique view and artwork to look at which gives a personal touch for every room. The functional benefits are also notable in this project. The glass is a great material even here in Finland were there can be less than -30 degrees in wintertime. The printed glass facade serves as a sun visor generating energy savings, it serves as a raincoat and is suitable in an environment where the tempurature can drop to -30 Celcius.