Place: Escaldes-Engordany. Principality of Andorra Conclusion: 2010 Surface: 29.800 sqm
The Nostra Senyora de Meritxell Hospital has its origins in the winning project for an international competition set up by the Andorra Government. The site, only 5,000 sqm, was a bite out of a mountainside with a steep slope. The hospital has twelve levels, staggered in three clearly differentiated parts to break up the very large volume of the building and create two public plazas connected by the streets that bound the site. The three lower levels are for parking, with capacity for 267 cars. General services, diagnostic and treatment units are in the central section. The upper floors form an S-shaped linear block, following the alignment of the street, with 192 single bed rooms with prefabricated bathrooms. The result is exceptionally well integrated, respecting the topography and configuration of the mountainous Andorran landscape.