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ZURBARÁN CLINIC, MADRID
Monday 08 Aug 2011
This clinic is located in the mezzanine of a residential building near the Castellana Avenue, in the heart of Madrid. The space is indirectly illuminated through several generous patios and the homogeneous zenith light is intensified by the white atmosphere of the health center.
The arrangement of the spaces is based on two different circulations, the private rooms used by the personnel and doctors and the areas for the public. The minimal style of the interior and the predominant white color is only subtly contrasted by the different finishes of the materials -from glossy to matt - and the translucent glass walls enclosing the surgery room.
From the reception area, where a simple piece of furniture works as information desk, the patients enter into a neat, sober and clean environment that intends to transmit the professional and hygienic character of this private health center.
The combination of opaque and translucent planes articulates the programme along the main corridor, where the different types of doors suggest the uses of the rooms behind. The interior elevation is made by modulated lacquered wood panels including some built-in closets. The frozen glass used for the mobile partitions creates a blue shade atmosphere, which cold feeling is contrasted to the warm bright of the down lights recessed in the ceiling.