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.
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.
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.
The red powder-coated zinc sheets cover the entire exterior, interrupted only by frameless windows.
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.
Photography is by Jesús Granada.
Here's a longer description from architects:
Young Disabled Moduls and Workshop Pavilions
'Módulo Para El Tratamiento De Jóvenes Con Discapacidades Conductuales'
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.
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.
In a second phase will be built the "Module for Occupational Workshops."
It has 10 single bedrooms and 8 double rooms, with toilets. The common areas of the internal are two living rooms and dining room.
The program is completed with, reception room, two offices, laundry, office, control room toilets, storage and utility room.
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.
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%.
The treatment of the spaces occupied by the medical staff and caregivers has been dealt with flat roofs.
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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