Gallery: Spain’s Hospital Sant Joan de Reus Infuses the Urban Environme...

Smaller atria offer entrances on a more human scale, which link up to a larger circulation corridor that connects to the patient wings.

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  1. lazyreader September 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Healing through daylight and natural spaces, seems enlightened. Or they actually bother spending that time treating disease and injury they would not have to remain in the hospital. The front of the building seems to have some sort of garden with plantings so narrow you can’t walk through it. Traditional hospitals consisted of a campus of buildings with plazas with grids of sidewalks so even the most crippled patient could go through. And the plantings were relegated away from our walking path to places called “gardens” to be observed by the casual patient.

    The buildings overall reminds me of Apple store or an airport baggage handling facility which is sort of the way we think of patients these days, spare baggage. The interior is composed of many ambiguous, illegible spaces which we call waiting rooms surrounded by facets of technology on the walls like the wannabe bridge of the starship Enterprise. Contemporary architecture eagerly thrusts humanity into a dehumanized future. These redundant gestures are the last attempts of architectural competence and as the 21st century progresses the more soulless the buildings become; and we wonder why people are sick.

  2. jiuck September 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I have to say that this hospital is located in Reus, pertaining to Tarragona. So it’s not exactly at the outsides of Barcelona, it’s in another province. Both Tarragona and Barcelona pertain to Catalonia who also pertains to Spain.

    I hope this is useful ^^

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