Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavilions by José Javier Gallardo ///g.bang///

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Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavillions by ///g.bang///

You can’t miss this bright red psychiatric centre in Spain, where the differently pitched roofs are meant to reveal how much mental activity takes place in each room.

Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavillions by ///g.bang///

Completed by Spanish architect José Javier Gallardo of ///g.bang///, the new youth facility in Zaragoza connects to the existing Nuestra Señora del Carmen Neuropsychiatric Centre through an underground tunnel.

Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavillions by ///g.bang///

Roofs with the steepest pitches are located above shared common rooms, while shallow gables correspond to patient bedrooms and staff quarters are located beneath flat roofs.

Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavillions by ///g.bang///

The red powder-coated zinc sheets cover the entire exterior, interrupted only by frameless windows.

Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavillions by ///g.bang///

In the past we've also featured a mental health clinic where the doors don't open but the walls do instead - take a look here.

Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavillions by ///g.bang///

Photography is by Jesús Granada.

Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavillions by ///g.bang///

Here's a longer description from architects:


Young Disabled Moduls and Workshop Pavilions
'Módulo Para El Tratamiento De Jóvenes Con Discapacidades Conductuales'

Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavillions by ///g.bang///

ONE CONCEPT, ONE COLOR AND ONE MATERIAL

The assignment is motivated by the need to expand the Neuropsychiatric Center Our Lady of Carmen, in Zaragoza.

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In the first phase there is a new support center for youth with behavioral problems, and currently sharing facilities with the geriatric section and, by the nature of their treatment and pathology, was necessary to become independent.

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In a second phase will be built the "Module for Occupational Workshops."

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PROGRAM

It has 10 single bedrooms and 8 double rooms, with toilets. The common areas of the internal are two living rooms and dining room.

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The program is completed with, reception room, two offices, laundry, office, control room toilets, storage and utility room.

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GEOMETRY

The floor plan is rectangular, dimensions 15.5 x 65 m. The facade has no cantilevers, but reflects the emptying of the building volume in the direction north, creating a courtyard to capture sunlight and allow controlled the patients to stay there in the summer.

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The roof, for the most part, sawtooth shape, with variable slopes - very steep at some points – reflects, from the outside, the degree of internal mental activity in relation to the type of rooms they occupy: the resting or sleeping area with a slope of 60%, common areas or with maximum activity have outstanding peak of 240%.

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The treatment of the spaces occupied by the medical staff and caregivers has been dealt with flat roofs.

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MATERIAL/COLOR

Façade and roof are covered with red zinc coated sheet. Historically, these centers, known as asylums were unrecognizable and hidden by society.

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But Hospital, "hospitare" in Latin, means "to receive as a guest" and together with the values of the Congregation and its founder, "Hospitality between people who suffer mental impairment" and "integrating the patients into society as far as possible" where the main goals... The red color is a symbol that makes them visible... that robs us of prejudice... that emphasizes the social work... makes us more sexy! The material... the shape of this whole "scene" had to be modeled nobly!

Architect: José Javier Gallardo Ortega ///g.bang///
Client: Nuestra Señora del Carmen Neuropsychiatric Centre | Hermanas Hospitalarias del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

Type: Medical Facility
Location: Camino del Abejar - Zaragoza, 50011, Spain
Building status: built in 2011
Number of stories: 1 (+1 underground connection with the existing buildings)
Site size: 12000 m2
Site type: Suburban
Building area: 1000 m2
Budget: 1500000 USD

  • Onelab

    Wow! if you weren't crazy before you go in you surely will be once you become a resident!! Ik love the exterior but the interior is really intimidating in its sterile cleanliness.
    Like you are being wheeled in for a lobotomy…

  • h.a.

    quite superficial metaphor. It´s not explained whether or not they take pacients.. if they do…quite spooky!!

  • bobby p

    bit harsh

  • agata

    nice. the interiors feel kinda sterile though..

  • sara

    one of those buildings designed for the pictures, not the people.

  • http://ae-ther.tumblr.com aether

    At least it makes for a striking image…

  • http://www.ferrettidesigns.com Steve Ferretti

    Beautiful in it's simplicity, use of color and its form. It's a wonderful piece of architecture and art. As a mental institution I question it's chances for success. I'd like to know at a later date. It's so sterile and not very warm and welcoming for patients in need of mental care and rehabilitation.

  • Redfern

    I think that is the poorest justification for generating a form for a particular space that I have ever read on dezeen. As far as I am aware, mental activity in our brains is extremely active when we are asleep, and the thought that the staff have zero or 'flat' mental activity is frightening!
    Making a bright red building which contrasts starkly with its surroundings is not what I imagined that the patients would like, but it is not clear whether they ever get to see it from the outside… unless it's with trepidation that they would be placed in this 'controlled' area.
    I don't know why architects need to make 'special' residential spaces for people that they view as 'special'. This is a residential unit, why should it be treated wildly different because the occupants are deemed to be 'different'? By all means inform the form of the design for the USE of the space, but please stop using crude metaphors which just serve to marginalise different groups of people even further.

    • Manuel

      poorest justification?
      I don´t mind the texts, i mind the buildings itself
      Let´s avoid reading texts to make pseudocriticism and let´s enjoy with architecture.
      The building is brave and worthy.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    *Sigh* so peaceful… reminds me of the blood that gushes out of my victims.

    • Dragula

      you leave blood on the inside of your victims to leak out? how primitive…

      • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

        Master, is that you?

        Why have you forgotten me? I've run out flies!

  • douglas montgomery

    Any mental illness is harrowing and dehumanising – this unwittingly conforms to that theme. One look at this tells you the designers did little to no research into the needs of the users before leaping in with a lazy film-set parody of what they imagine treatment of this disturbing condition might entail.

    Red cladding looks cool though.

  • KDM

    I have to agree with most of the other remarks, not sure how beneficial the interior or exterior is for a psychiatric institution – it this respect it does seem a bit nightmare-ish, and there is not any explanation in the slide show of how any of the design could be beneficial or supportive to its purpose – however, it is very aesthetically pleasing and could make a great residential space…it's also peculiar how the profile of the buildings seem to mimic the line of a heart beat/pulse monitoring device…