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Friday, February 21, 2020

BAAS + Espinet Ubach, facilities for Vall d’Hebron Hospital

The team formed by the Catalan firms BAAS arquitectura and EspinetUbach Arquitectes has won the competition to refurbish the Vall d’Hebron hospital campus in Barcelona and add a research institute. The main objective is to make the complex more accessible and permeable through a large park that opens up to the city and the adjacent neighborhoods, so as many constructions as possible will be torn down and vehicular traffic will be eliminated altogether. A series of horizontal and vertical connections is established. The horizontal ones are promenades cutting through the premises at different levels, while the vertical ones create a new axis by means of escalators, linking the two main levels of the hospital complex. In addition, the new facade of the main building moves the entrance level up one floor, making it possible to enter straight from the street. As for the new research center, the one-facade building attaches itself to the topography by putting the university and the new promenade on the same level, merging them with the park. The floor plan is determined by three huge arcaded courtyards, terraces, and a combination of interior and exterior spaces that encourage the users to interact.
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