Behind the eye-catching design of the 969,000 square foot, The Rey Juan Carlos Hospital in the Madrid suburb of M’stoles, Spanish Architect Rafael de La Hoz has created a therapeutic atmosphere. The design of the towers makes them visible from the highway, which is the main access route to the hospital.
This new hospital model is configured in three basic elements: efficiency, light and silence.
The design is structured on a large base, with various medical areas of the hospital (health care units, outpatients, diagnosis and treatment), holding two volumes of glass. The two oval crowns drawn with gentle curves give a different view from the depressing residential forms of the rationalist “block bar “. They are inspired from the best of residential architecture: the elimination of corridors, i.e. noise, concentric circulation, light and silence around a common atrium. In this hospital are avoid dark corridors that characterize most hospitals. The designer is organizing the building around atria. These spaces also ensure that all patient areas have direct access to natural light.
The position of the tower meets the functional need to place them at a point which is immediate access to functional areas of operating rooms, delivery rooms, emergency and diagnostic.
Two functional concepts space, (base and crown), create a new architecture, where professionals offers the opportunity to allows citizens to be treated in an environment where the silence and natural light result therapeutic.
The lobby of the hospital is another element that takes symbolic content. It has a triple height glazed space on deck. The designer wants to create an interior street, from which patients and external users can access to the hospital. Also there is shopping areas and cafes, information desks and access to different ambulatory and diagnostic teaching.
Sustainability is one of the main points in the building: Respect the conditions of solar orientation, the topography, built environment and green spaces nearby, also the urban conditions of application.