First of all, by taking advantage of the slope of the
site, the new Public General Hospital was approached as a predominantly
horizontal structure with volumes that unfold overFirst of all, by taking advantage of the slope of thesite, the new Public General Hospital was approached as a predominantlyhorizontal structure with volumes that unfold over the terrain in a staggeredsequence as a way by which to reduce the visual impact of the building. Secondly, the volumes are organized around interior garden patios that provide lightand ventilation. Finally, a large public plaza has been placed at the mainentrance of the hospital where a huge ancient oak tree has been conserved. Theplaza is a fundamental element of the design in that it penetrates inside thehospital where it is integrated into a circulation space that recalls a rambla — the traditional pedestrian promenade that characterizes Catalan cities — actingas a link between the city and the building’s interior.
The hierarchy established in the circulation zones guarantees fluid movement for all the users of the building as well as itscorrect management. Moreover, it is a flexible system that can be adapted todifferent functional demands in the future.