Health Centre located in the border between the Eixample and the Gracia neighbourhoods in Barcelona, on the first 4 floors of the elderly people dwellings promoted by the City Council. It is a pilot building of the High-Combi program of the European Union, for high solar performance buildings, which won the Endesa Award for the most sustainable promotion in Spain.
Given the need to develop the program in height and depth, the entrance of natural light to the central zone is prioritized. The mezzanine floor is removed from the facade to be an elevated extension of the street as a space of relationship.
The ground floor is strongly conditioned by the need for independent access to the different building uses –housing, Health Centre and parking– as well as the dimensional requirements of their structure and facilities.
The distribution respond to the strict dimensional requirements of this kind of building, so the main design issues are in the spaces for waiting and circulation, which always have a relationship with outside and the natural light.
The facade, ventilated, is made of polymer concrete dark gray in the street side and corrugated and perforated steel in the block patio side. The waiting and circulation spaces walls are made of textured bright tile, which is the only coloured element among the materials chosen.