Hospital in Espoo
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Men and women are the centre of our intervention. Life needs protected areas (artificial) to develop. These protected areas must be closely related to natural areas (essential spaces). The duality between nature and artificiality, along with the absence-presence duality accompany this project. Our proposal is a “small city”, compact within an architecture that is, in part, responsible for the life of this small world. A continuous green space envelops the building, which will also have a system of open spaces (closed or semi-closed courtyards) that will have the role of structuring the composition. The emplacement presents itself as a spot over which the building must take root. Without emplacement, without a specific and unique spot, architecture does not exist. To occupy a space means taking possession of it. Constructing in itself always involves a certain amount of violence, whether one likes it or not, towards the emplacement. This simply confirms that the architecture belongs to the place and therefore recognises both the negative and positive attributes of the spot. The topography, with the two hills on either side of our “small city”, the motorways and roads, the wood with its own idiosyncrasy, the existing buildings, lead us towards an extensive architecture, towards a porous architecture open to nature, to the sun. In brief, the whole complex leads us towards a community architecture where personalisation and community life impregnate the architectural spaces proposed.