The expansion of the hospital presumes the conservation of an institutional image focused on the patient, nature and a specific construction material.
The competition winning design proposed by El EquipoMazzanti, encouraged connectivity in a physical and ideological way to an original complex developed in the seventies for Santa Fe de Bogotá Medical Foundation. The Santa Fe is one of Colombia’s most important medical institutions and has always been committed to community service, education, and is devoted to contributing to the welfare of individuals and society in our country.
The project is in thenorth of the city of Bogotá, in a lot occupied by diverse medical buildings arranged in a fragmented manner. The complex was the result of a process of adding architectural pieces that had answered to different programmatic needs from 1970 until today. Because of the scarce planned growth, the hospital became a labyrinth of flows and buildings without an apparent order. Our project not only created a new building to satisfy the hospital’s growing needs but also to create a new pedestrian connection in the campus.
Hospitals are commonly synonyms of closed spaces, with a huge isolation among patients, family and doctors. In Colombia, interior spaces in hospitals usually havesmall windows and no places for recreation, their design limits to fulfil the medical function without considering human and psychic relationships. In this context, El EquipoMazzantilooked to establish new relationships that allow the inhabitants of the hospital to improve their comfort conditions and have ludic spaces inside that help them heal.