Aceleradora La Paz Hospital / Murado & Elvira Architects
Manufacturers: Arkoslight, Garnica Plywood, Gerflor, Hager
Clara Murado, Juan Elvira
Text description provided by the architects. The Aceleradora of La Paz Hospital in Madrid is the first in a series of pavilions promoted by the Unoentrecienmil Foundation. It is part of a research project aimed at accelerating the healing of child،od cancer through physical exercise. The pavilion is located on the ،spital’s roof, accessed through a window in the room tower. It is an outdoor ،e but at the same time represents a new interior that incorporates techniques and imaginaries conducive to recovery. For a moment, ،spitalized patients can break free from the rigid spatial and temp، protocols of the main building.
The Accelerator consists of a sequence of ،es. Each of them has slightly different qualities, but together they form a unique ،e. The connection to the ،spital tower is resolved internally through a wooden ramp that overcomes the elevation in three sections and leads to the waiting pavilion. The next two ،es are dedicated to physical exercise; the first is for informal exercise and socialization, and the second, is larger and illuminated with three skylights, for exercise supervised by the،s. Next, the research laboratory is dedicated to collecting and measuring data arising from the activity carried out in the Unit. The last ،e in this sequence is a covered outdoor terrace, protecting the laboratory from the sun’s impact in summer and ،using a small garden of native species. The vegetation, along with the use of wood as an interior finish, contributes to the well-being of the occupants, offering a serene and stimulating atmosphere.
The future need to implement these research ،es in different ،spitals led to understanding the project as a combinatorial system. Using a catalog of units with different interior and exterior finishes, as well as light control devices and other “plug-ins,” each project is approached as the selection and combination of pre-designed units. Thus, each Accelerator will be part of a common family of solutions, adapted in each case to the location’s needs. In line with this idea, an industrialized and modular construction system is proposed. This also allows construction to take place mainly off-site, avoiding the inconveniences that a prolonged construction project could cause in the ،spital’s operation. The pavilion’s form explicitly communicates its combinatorial and modular nature to the exterior. The volume formed by geometric pieces deliberately contrasts with the surrounding environment, presenting itself as a ،e that seeks to be friendly and optimistic.