The healthcare centre San Blas works with the idea of a “placeless building” like a very effective and categorical kind of way to develop a functional healthcare program situated in an almost irrelevant environment. To underline the space richness in its interiors, we fell back on the corbusian idea of “conciliation of contraries”. A hermetic and massive exterior is put into contrast with the interior open and light space. To obtain this, we not only work with tracks in order to compose a clear functional program, but also with the array of possibilities that materials such as concrete, glass and tiles give us.
In contrast to this light system, fragmented by courtyards, the massive and closed facade is perceived as a thick and blind mass of fairfaced concrete. The inexistence of apertures in the vertical panels of the exterior jacket provokes that the interior-exterior relation of the building is perceived vertically, stretching out to reach the sky.
The translucence and reflective characteristics of the glass multiplies the views due to the reflected symmetry and combined with the reflective properties of the vertical panels of blue cobalt tiles of 10 x 20 cm disposed like shingles that help to conjure up a spacious and bright interior ambiance, almost as if the firmament was becoming part of the interior.
Madrid Salud, Madrid City Council
María Hurtado de Mendoza Wahrolén
José María Hurtado de Mendoza Wahrolén
César Jiménez de Tejada Benavides
Jorge Martínez Martín
Laura Frutos Campelo
Geasyt S.A. (Engineering)
Juan Carlos Corona Ruiz, Santiago Hernán Martín y Marco Plazogna (Building Engineers)
J. Quijano construcciones S.A.
Roland Halbe (images 1, 3-8)
Raul Belinchón (images 2, 9)
Tile of Spain Awards ASCER 2007. Prizewinner Interior design category