La Paz Nursing Home Garden
by Estudio Caballero Colón


Garden in Madrid by Estudio Caballero Colón1

This garden in Madrid was designed by new Spanish firm Estudio Caballero Colón for a nursing home.

Garden in Madrid by Estudio Caballero Colón

Beds of hardy plants are bordered with crushed material reclaimed from roads, while swirling concrete footpaths are coated with crushed recycled glass set in resin.

Garden in Madrid by Estudio Caballero Colón

The outdoor space was created for La Paz nursing home on the former site of cellars belonging to the city’s health service.

Garden in Madrid by Estudio Caballero Colón

Photographs are by Miguel de Guzmán.

Garden in Madrid by Estudio Caballero Colón

Here’s some more information from the architects:

La Paz Nursing Home Garden

At first, the assignment was the demolition of the cellars of the Madrid Regional Service of Health´s Old Building. However, the possibility of using this ground as a part of the nursing home “La Paz” led to the accomplishment of a small garden with the minimum possible elements and at a very low cost.

In our view, the garden, as nature manipulated by man, finds its beauty in a strange balance between the diffuse and diverse character of the nature, and the clearness and unity of the artifice. In designing the distribution of plants and paths, we looked for an intelligible organization in order to enhance that contrast. As a kind of enlarged graffitti, a series of blotches in different colors with winding shapes establishes in a clear way the three types of grounds: plantation, drainage and paths.
Garden in Madrid by Estudio Caballero Colón

The plants were chosen in consideration of their strength (given the inclemencies of the weather and the urban contamination) and their low water consumption. For this reason our choice was: lavandula angustifolia, salvia officinalis, callistemon viminalis and festuca.

With the same purpose of fighting the deterioration of our natural enviroment, we tried to use as much as possible recycled materials. Thus, instead of the usual gravel under the reinforced concrete we used crushed recycled concrete; the necessary rugosity to prevent slippery surfaces when it rains was obtained by mixing the resin with recycled glass (which produces unexpected brightness and iridescence under the sunlight), and the dark gravel for drainage between the paths and plantation areas is crushed material of demolished roads.

See also:


Parque do Ibirapuera
by Oscar Niemeyer
by Bruce Munro
Medical Herbman Café Project by EARTHSCAPE

Posted on Monday July 19th 2010 at 12:01 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • kaptain krunch

    It’s a very hard space. Not very welcoming, no shade. I’d find the bright concrete quite dazzling in the madrid sun probably. It wouldn’t be my first choice for recuperation

  • Roger

    Nice but it needs trees. Madrid is extremely hot in summer.

  • Greenish

    Lovely, but not much in the way of shade?

  • Redfern

    It is very exposed, there seems little by way of shelter from the sun. I agree with the previous comment on the reflectiveness of the concrete, it is awful in bright sunshine.

  • tim isherwood

    Where is the romance?
    Older folk need love seats for 2 too.

  • Alex

    Ummm … Burle Marx much….

  • Juice Major

    Miss Madrid and the whole landscape! Well excuted! Although would be nice with some tress as shades!

  • w

    Lonely & isolating. This is awful.

  • gari

    agree…burle marx with more green

  • if the garden there is a high and shady trees might be more cold and cool, but I liked the design as it is for winter or spring, in my opinion not suitable for summer,:):) just a comment not meant to change the order which has been there is

  • hot will relect from the floor..

  • angry catalan

    To be fair Madrid is also a fairly cold city (around 0ºC-10ºC) in the winter and you might just freeze in the shade. The lack of shade might also be a knee-jerk reaction to the (by some people much hated) Barcelona tradition of “hard landscaping” with metal pergolas and such, which was very influential in Spain as well. Still I don’t really like this, and I don’t like that from the air it looks Burle Marx-ish but it doesn’t really play with differently coloured/textured plants like he did (but then again I guess this is a low budget, low maintenance kind of thing…)

  • How do you know that? Do you work with them?

  • Lovely! Great to see them using recycled materials. It would be great if they added trees, like others have mentioned. Or perhaps some pretty, colorful flowers?