Partizánska 27, Bratislava
Dušan Jurkovič, Jindřich Merganc
Otmar Klimeš
1929 – 1930

The small sanatorium in a villa district above Bratislava is one of the very latest works of Dušan Jurkovič; its cultivated Functionalist conception is very likely the result of equal participation by his partner Merganc. Originally, the building was a women’s sanatorium founded by Professor Koch; with four floors, it had at the time 36 beds, an operating theatre, consulting room and a small chapel; now it is used as a maternity ward. On a plan shaped like an extended letter V, it fits harmonically into the surroundings. Behind the building is a garden with a rich collection of various tree species, designed and planted by gardener Jozef Mišík. Of concrete skeletal construction, the building has brick infill covered with ceramic tiles with a stressed horizontal joint.
In the layout, the building has three sections with a central corridor; the rear rooms have balconies facing the garden. Its most impressive feature is the sophisticated Functionalist formal vocabulary: the simple facade with large windows and a single ribbon window at the centre; the traditionalist ceramic tiles and symmetrical design give the building added dignity. At the time of completion, the sanatorium was regarded as the most modern in all of Czechoslovakia. 

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Source of pictures:
Department of Architecture Archive, ÚSTARCH SAV