RESIDENCE AND DAY CENTER FOR PEOPLE WITH CEREBRAL PALSY IN VILLAMAYOR SALAMANCA
The project arises from the orientation of the plot, issues related to the specific needs of users (such as the need for comfortable and covered spaces to get off the bus, most of them being in a wheelchair and many in stretcher) and the necessary connection of the interior spaces with gardens and outdoor spaces. A one floor building is presented, making the building a fully accessible and barrier-free one.
The two main areas of the program, residence and day center, are arranged around a sunny patio garden, forming a plan with a "U" shape, that scapes from the traditional hospital structure as a hallway with rooms on both sides.
The common living spaces open at noon looking for the controlled sunlight (with eaves and vegetation) and roof tops support this idea leaning gently into the yards. Public areas face those courtyards and fill those gardens with activity.
By contrast the street facades are closed, however intentionally we have tried to avoid the image of "wall" that would result from a building that length and on one level. By contrast, the street volumes appear as pieces of a geometric game, identifying different interior applications but losing their scale (no windows).
The dining room is a "hinge" of union between the two zones, extending its cover along a large protected area of great height, which serves as space for covered bus stop and as threshold of access.
The treatment of external landscaped areas that intermingle with the interior will be of an utmost importance, creating small wooded forests, seating areas in the sun on cooler days, pergolas creating privacy and disguised, mixing with the yard fence of the residence.
Architects: Jose Maria de Lapuerta, Paloma Campo
Team: Architects: Jorge Romera, Lucia Ortiz, Laura Flor
Promoter: ASPACE Salamanca
Surface: 1,700 m2.
Dates. Project: 2015