Photography: Adrià Goula

The new Sant Joan University Hospital in Reus is conceived as the engine of an expansion zone of the municipality, where it has been planned in order to generate a new technological area. This urban dimension, capable of generating routes and link flows in the city, is the starting point of the project.

The building is located in a horizontal bar which is composed of two basements and the ground floor. Above this volume, we can find a “comb” of admission bars of two stories each.

The north facade supports one of the fast access roads to the city by some cantilevered bodies that contain the hospital spaces.

The public circulation axis of the hospital is oriented towards the south and it is conceived as a great avenue, transitional space between the exterior and interior.

The project aims to modulate the scale of large hospital equipment, from the urban scale of the access areas and public circulation to the scale of hospitalization, with their proximity and withdrawal needs. In this sense, the public area is both functional and climatically, as if it was a covered street and interaction area is distributed around three landscaped courtyards, trying to humanize the life of this hospital area.

The hospital is seen as a great system that organizes service subsystems. The public, medical and technical needs are ranked and connected by circulations to form a sequence that defines restrictions on the accessibility, clarifying the circuits and avoiding interferences.

The aArchitecture is also an infrastructure capable of producing the weather and lighting conditions for the comfort of its inner life directly directly the weather and lighting conditions for the comfort of its inner life.

The new Sant Joan University Hospital in Reus responds to the needs of eco-efficiency by decreasing energy consumption by 35% respect the average consumption of a contemporary hospital.

The building has been built with a construction rate of the order of 1200 € / m2 , in the lower range of prices for hospital construction.