Project and construction management_
Canvas arquitectos: Gádor de Carvajal, Juan Casariego, Pablo Núñez, Juan Vicente
Ministerio de Salud. República de Iraq
The two hospitals are designed according to a straightforward scheme of standard blocks and structured with a normal framework. The external enclosure made of decorative screenwork with traditional geometrical motifs, softens the aggressive exterior conditions. This apparent opacity is mitigated with the careful distribution of landscaped courtyards on a small scale, providing an interior and inviting iluminated world, linked to the traditional architecture.
The main body of the building looms forward, and the carefully designed main entrance with a double height space, receives the pedestrian traffic from the car parks opposite. There are three parallel lines of circulation routes (public, internal, and supplies) that resolve the interior traffic of both hospitals, and which allows the relatively complex brief to develop in a functional manner, not only on the horizontal layout but also vertically.