Our recently built hospitals, as health systems, (effectively take care of the needs of the citizens, but they do so in an unnecessarily dramatic and sometimes depressive architectural space. Their proven effectiveness is the cause of their repetitiveness in such a way that for over a quarter of a century they all have been alike, or they have been perceived to be so.
We propose to transform the citizen into a client, for a new type of hospital, where the will be taken care of with the proven effectiveness of our healthcare system and they can feel the centre of all care and attention at every moment.
This new model of Hospital we propose uses three basic elements to achieve this purpose efficiency, light and silence.
The best of hospital architecture combined with the best of residential architecture.
Conceptually, this new Hospital is arranged on a base that houses health care units, outpatients, diagnosis and treatment. The hospital is structured in three parallel modules or buildings which represent the best of hospital matrix structures; flexibility, expansion, functional clarity and horizontal circulation.
On this structure lay two inpatient units, two oval crowns drawn with pleasant curves which are sensorially differentiated from the depressing residential forms of the rationalist "pill block" and are inspired on the best of recent residential architecture: the elimination of corridors, therefore of noise, concentric circulation, light and silence around a common atrium.
Two functional concepts space, base and crown, which are linked to form a new architecture, a model that offers professionals the opportunity to discuss and citizens to be treated in an environment where the natural light and the resulting silence therapeutics.
Community of Madrid
(Madrilenian Public Health Service. Department of Health, Autonomous Community of Madrid)
Architect and Works Director: Rafael de La-Hoz Castanys
Collaborating architects RAFAEL DE LA-HOZ ARQUITECTOS:
Design Architects / Competition: Francisco Arévalo, Hugo Berenguer, Miguel Maiza, Jacobo Ordás, Carolina Fernández, Encarna Sánchez, Gonzalo Robles, Javier Gómez, Ignacio Jaso.
Básic Project: Miguel Maíza, Jacobo Ordás, Gonzalo Robles y Javier Gómez
Execution Project: Miguel Maíza, Siegfried Burguer, Hugo Berenguer, Jacobo Ordás, Gonzalo Robles, Javier Gómez, Peter German, Laura Díaz, Fernando de la Fuente, Nacho Jaso, Saúl Castellanos, Javier Gómez, Carmen Salinas
Work coordination: Miguel Maíza, Jacobo Ordás
Graphics: Luis Muñoz, Daniel Roris
Models: Víctor Coronel y Fernando Mont
Construction company: O.H.L. (Obrascón Huarte Laín), S.A.
Structures and Instalations Engineering: GHESA Ingeniería y Tecnología, S.A.