- Architecture & development
For this new Clinica Alejandria in the heart of Valencia, Spain, an outdated and abandoned building was transformed into a beautiful place that links medicine and education in the same place. Design studio Erre Arquitectura not only looked at the functional aspects but delivered a result that also surprises aesthetically.
Because their previous headquarters turned out too small after a while, the Clinica Alejandria team needed a new environment. It had to be in line with their philosophy and become a space in which they could continue to grow as professionals and offer their patients a quality service and experience. The new building has two main functions: medicine and education. A unique place was created in which both ideas continuously interact and also has a stunning design. The functions were divided over two floors. The ground floor houses the reception and consulting rooms, while the first floor is intended for the training of the medical team. In the entrance and reception area, which is the heart of the project, you are welcomed by a unique geometry, lots of light, and warm materials. From the beginning, the Erre Arquitectura team wanted to design meaningful spaces that create a special atmosphere, characterised by curved shapes and rounded surfaces, such as the semi-circular arch. The use of clay mortar combined with walnut wood brings a sincere, tactile materiality. Combined with the simple, clean lines, this generates an environment that exudes tranquillity and beauty, all in the centre of Valencia. Thanks to the neutral colours and natural wood, the attention to detail and the integration of natural light and vegetation into the design, this new building perfectly fits into the clinic's vision.
The use of clay mortar combined with walnut wood brings a sincere, tactile materiality
Right from the start of the project, the architects understood the importance of creating an environment that takes into account the user experience above all else. Therefore, as much time and attention were paid to the communal areas as to the consulting rooms. As a result, the reception and circulation areas have larger proportions than are actually necessary. The convivial atmosphere immediately puts patients at ease. Erre Arquitectura also collaborated on the design of the furniture, for which they used natural wood. Finally, it was important to design the clinic to have state-of-the-art technology and be flexible enough to adapt quickly to new medical and professional challenges. For example, ventilation systems were provided to ensure constant air exchange. The glass that was used guarantees sufficient privacy and flexibility of use. All this makes the new Clinica Alejandria a project that allows the team to receive their patients in the most optimal conditions, not only functionally, but certainly also aesthetically.
Photography by David Zarzoso