Montilivi, Girona, Spain
Believing that health centers are usually defined by an overly rigid spatial organization marked by corridors and consulting rooms, architects Jamie Coll and Judith Leclerc set out to develop a new typology. Their health center, a series of flowing spaces punctuated by courtyards and skylights, is unassumingly contained within a one-story rectangular building. It embodies several concepts central to their thinking.
The architects stretched and widened corridors to form waiting rooms, elastically blurring the formal division between circulation and waiting areas. Visitors move through these spaces fluidly, following different paths according to the purpose of their visit. The transition from one room to another occurs gradually along diagonal axis and thus in crossing from one portion of the building to another, visitors move through rooms, not corridors. Along the way, light wells provide visual interest and colored panels geographically define the waiting areas.
Consulting rooms measure 10 by 16 feet. The architects organized these rooms into five rows, separated by the waiting and circulation areas. Program elements are interchangeable and the building therefore remains adaptable to different future programmatic requirements. Lacking a center or hierarchy, the building is comprised only of solids—the consulting rooms—and voids, the circulation spaces.
Jaime Coll & Judith Leclerc