Santa Lúcia Hospital
The hospital architecture carries with it the symbolic weight of the use attributed to it, not only aligned with the recovery process, it is also associated with the disease and the experiences of users in this type of building.
Bearing in mind the reflexes of the built environment in man’s life and recovery, we rely on Roger Ulrich’s Theory of Support Design (1997), which underlines the support for the social relationships that will be sheltered, giving control over the space and on levels of exposure and privacy, brightness and temperature, in addition to working with mobility and user experience.
This party seeks to fragment and distribute humanized spaces for socializing and supporting social encounters and exchanges along the pavements of the building, substantial to the improvement of body and mind. These are facing the northeast front, being valued with a view of the surrounding lake. Still, it aims at disrupting the hospital’s common imagery construction, giving it a more human and inviting language.
The proposal takes advantage of the natural slope of the land using a semi-buried pavement. Two main entrances are allocated on each front of the land, the lowest being covered with a large covered area.