Porto Alegre, Brazil
A hospital project must give priority first to architectural knowledge and principles, followed next by the addition of the healthcare functions and the complexity of its installations. In this case, given that the site was in the center of Barcelona, it was also necessary to pay close consideration to the immediate surroundings. It was therefore just as necessary to find the best working positions for the entrances and hospitalization areas as it was to create the right kind of interaction with the existing urban environment. The result is a compact hospital with horizontal corridors and vertical circulation nuclei that effectively rise up to the height of the neighboring buildings. The creation of a park beside the hospital serves to further enhance its relationship with its surroundings.