Recently the resolution of the final phase of the competition for the new building of the Foundation of the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron (VHIR) and reordinance of the Vall d’Hebron Campus has been published.
The team of CASA Solo, after being selected among the five finalists, we arrived to this final phase with the following proposal that we presented together with the architect Josep Llinàs:
Reordinance of the Vall d’Hebron Campus
Regarding the hospital Campus area, it took special importance the integrity of the park and its natural attributes, now represented by the large mass of existing trees, by restoring the original topography.
The actions consisted in marking passage and walking paths and small areas to rest, decided or dimensioned always according to the situation of the existing trees.
In this way we proposed to use the new topography to cover the passage of vehicles, to separate the traffic from the pedestrian and to work on the relations with the limits and the surroundings, seeking the landscape continuity of the enclosure.
Other considerations taken into account were the minimum occupation of the soil, occupying the already constructed soil, preserving the natural space and conserving to the maximum the existing trees.
New building of the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR)
Regarding the approach of the new building of the Foundation of the University Hospital Vall d’Hebron (VHIR), we also started from studying the pre-existence of the site.
We were surprised by the great excavation that took place in the plot and the great retaining wall that it generated, together with the absence of relationship between the successive buildings of the hospital complex and the great presence of nature.
In this way the proposal was based on the reconstruction of the “original topography”, placing a construction of three floors in which open courtyards were formalized more as geographic than constructive elements.
The program was structured in three parts related to the three types of buildings marked by the section: parking and operating rooms, laboratories and teaching, rest and relationship areas.
From these three parts the formal singularity was reserved for the one that emerges and is above the height of the new topography, opting for an orthogonal solution, accompanied by the minimum willingness to occupy the “natural” terrain.
The proposal, therefore, could be characterized by looking for the recovery of the order of the park and the awareness of being a corner of it, reason for which the work of the limits took great importance.
Nevertheless, this time the jury opted for the project of the team formed by BAAS and Espinet-Ubach Architects, to whom we congratulate for their work from the entire CASA Solo Architects team.
Finally, we would like to highlight our satisfaction with the work carried out in the development of the proposal. As always, we continue working in the field of hospital architecture betting on the design and construction of health centres of the future.