We have just started the sixth week of the second part of the intensive master's degree "Healthcare Architecture for Now & the Future". Each student is investigating a specific healthcare issue and developing an innovative project that responds to how we can design better for the challenges that face us.
The high point of the celebration in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion of the completion of the 1st module of the master's degree "Healthcare Architecture Present & Future" was the wonderful lecture by Ramon Sanabria who spoke to us about how his architecture is inspired by memory, driven by construction systems and informed by the modern movement. Thank you Ramon!
We have just wrapped up the final review of the 4th LA(H)B workshop. Many thanks to our distinguished jury members Assumpta Teixidor, Carlos Ferrater, Albert de Pineda and Martí Ballart for their insights and much respect to our students for their hard work and excellent hospital projects. Team LA(H)B 2018: Lucas Aguilar, Loreto Cruz Silva, Eliana Gareis Ledereros, Lautaro Longo, Ana Lucía Morales Tarazona y Maria Emilia Nogal. Stay tuned for more!
Ending up week 6 of the master "Healthcare Architecture for Now & the Future" with a visit to the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion after an inspiring lecture by Fernando Ramos one of the key architects responsible for the reconstruction of this iconic building.
Just finished up the mid-term review for the first part of the master's degreee "Healthcare Architecture for Now & the Future". Many thanks to our guest critics Pilar Boixareu, Rosa Clotet, Diego Nakamatsu and Manuel Ruisánchez. Our students are working on a project for a medium-complexity hospital in the Poble Nou area of Barcelona, a big challenge to design in only two months. Congratulations to all! More to come!
Master class "Healthcare Architecture for Now & the Future": Moving into week 5, more classes, more site visits, more project development in the workshop!
Marta Farrús of BIS structures showing case studies to explain the structural aspects of hospital architecture.
The COAC Catalan Architects Association presents "Architecture that Serves Children" a program focused on Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Sant Joan de Déu Children's Hospital and the innovative intervention by architects Rosa Clotet & Jan Llongueras, professors in the LA(H)B.
An excellent example of a hospital designed with the kids in mind!
Today we began the intensive master's degree "Healthcare Architecture for Now and the Future" organized by the LA(H)B and the Escola Sert COAC and accredited by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya UPC. Our students were welcomed by Sandra Bestraten, President of the Barcelona chapter of the Catalan Architects Association Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya (COAC) and Mario Corea, Academic Director of the program.
For her hospital in Cerdanyola architect Carmen Sánchez engaged in an investigation of the “mat-buildings” of Alison and Peter Smithson, applying the concepts to create a building that merged with the topography of the site and generated interior spaces organized around a series of large garden patios.
The beautiful landscape of the site inspired architect Carmen Vásquez to create a hospital that provided views to the outside and natural light on the inside, while at the same time controlling the volume in order to integrate the building into Collserola Park.
In her project for this hospital located in the heart of Barcelona, architect Omayra Flores proposed spaces for public use organized along the busy Avinguda Meridiana under a huge entry pergola. This transition space opens onto views of the luminous interior patios situated between the hospitalization areas.
Located in the center of Barcelona, the hospital designed by architect Martha Aguirre consists of five horizontal volumes articulated by the hospitalization area in the upper part and the “rambla” in the lower part. The interior patios provide the possibility for users to enjoy luminous spaces that provide peace of mind.
The hospital designed by architect María Soledad Rojas takes advantage of the slope of the site to create a large platform from which the vertical block of the hospitalization area emerges, providing views of the mountain and the natural landscape of the park.
One of the principal concerns behind the hospital designed by architect Alejandra Jiménez was to create mediating spaces between the building and the busy urban situation surrounding it. In doing so, the two compact volumes open up to a new public garden that acts as a transition between the city and the residential neighborhood.
Working on the suburban site of Cerdanyola architect Sofía Petroselli adopted a hybrid scheme for her hospital design, using both a horizontal typology as well as multilevel block for the hospitalization area. The whole ensemble was organized by a light-filled circulation space, a “spine” that connected all the volumes.
An exhaustive analysis of the urban conditions of the site led architect Fernando Sain to propose a hospital that connects the busy Avinguda Meridiana with the Eixample neighborhood, and at the same time offers services and amenities to the city.
In her project for the 2017 LA(H)B Workshop architect Monize Fraga explored how the natural surroundings of the Collserola Park and views towards the mountains could be incorporated into the design of the hospital.
The diploma ceremony of the third edition of the postgraduate course was held in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion. The keynote speaker was architect Carlos Ferrater from OAB Architects who shared his work and creative process, as well as his passion for architecture. He spoke to us about the importance of the void as a generator of space in one of the most iconic and dynamic spaces that exist in architecture.
The final site visit began with a guided tour of the Moderniste (Catalan Art Nouveau) Hospital de Sant Pau, declared a Historic Artistic Monument and recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Afterwards Team LA(H)B returned to the 21st century and visited the Kálida Sant Pau Centre by Benedetta Tagliabue / EMBT Architects which is currently under construction and the new Hospital de Sant PauSaint Pau Hospital by architects Esteve Bonell, Silvia Barbera, José Lluis Canosa, Josep Maria Gil and Francesc Rius.
In his lecture in the LA(H)B architect Ramon Sanabria spoke about some of the singular aspects of the hospital program: it is a building that is open 24/7 and it is the scenario for a wide range of emotions and user groups. But above all, it is architecture that responds to the place where it is located and to the people it serves, providing a space "that provokes peace and comfort rather than anxiety". Visiting the General Hospital of Olot with Lidia Planas from Sanabria Arquitectes was an opportunity to experience these concepts and understand their value for hospital design.