Type: Open international competition.

Location: Plasencia, Spain

Year: 2019.

Program: Healthcare facilities

Size: 4,945m2



1. A new healthcare facility as a single building made up of three different volumes, corresponding to the units in which the required functional program is configured. Each of them is organized around patios, understood as meeting and socializing places for the users of the center. The broken geometry of the whole, avoiding the appearance of resounding unit volumes, combines with the significance of each unit, allowing the recognition of the specific within a unit element.


2. The general volumetry is developed on a single floor, producing a building whose reduced height seeks to relate to its closest environment, to the interior towards the patios and gardens, and to the exterior towards the landscaped areas that serve as an acoustic and visual barrier against the buildings. nearby. The single-level routes facilitate accessibility to all parts of the center while reducing the costs of high-rise construction.


3. The patios and gardens order the interior distribution, by placing the rooms on the outside that enjoy views of the vegetation that surrounds the building, while the interior serves to arrange the rest of the community, service, and private rooms.


4. This typology allows a clear definition of public and private routes, facilitating the experience of residents and promoting the well-being of all of them by introducing nature as a constant reference in each part of the building that they can access. Each unit is identified with a specific color, facilitating the orientation of the users of the center.


5. Each garden has a glazed gallery conceived as a meeting space in the different units. It can be perceived by residents as a community room in which conversations with their colleagues, away from their rooms and surrounded by nature, grant them a degree of additional comfort and tranquility. A meeting place that enhances their autonomy as they are in charge of caring for these areas, with the help of the center's health professionals.


6. The functional distribution of the needs program places the uses assigned to the general services in a central position, together with the main pedestrian access and, on the opposite side, the loading and unloading and worker access, as the nucleus from which reach the other three units, reducing the routes to a minimum.


7. The differentiation of public and private routes outside the building, in turn, serves to generate three landscaped areas next to the different units in the center, as limited outdoor spaces for walking and physical activity for residents, surrounded by vegetation. autochthonous.


8. The proposed construction solutions and materials respond to criteria based on economic profitability, both in their construction phase and in the subsequent maintenance phase, as well as environmental factors that aim to reduce polluting emissions in their manufacture, transport, and assembly. The use of local materials will, in turn, favor the local economic dynamics derived from the construction of the new building.


9. The proposed installation systems comply with the stipulations of the technical specifications, organized in rings within each unit, while incorporating natural, non-mechanical air conditioning solutions, favoring cross ventilation. Likewise, the use of geothermal energy is proposed as an alternative capable of improving the amortization and future performance of the installation.