Written by Abraham Jiménez, Head of Innovation at Pinearq
The current health global emergency has required a substantial restructuring of hospitals’ processes and the conversion of other building types, such as hotels, convention centers and sport pavilions into healthcare facilities. Although critical to provide widespread care, these adapted buildings stretch the resources of permanent healthcare facilities, as they’re usually not in close connection to hospitals, multiplying the needs for technical infrastructure and requiring ambulance connections and relocation of staff, stressing the already battered medical teams. The current crisis highlights the strengths and weakness of different design approaches to healthcare facilities, not just at the building scale but also in their urban insertion.
This article looks at the strategies deployed by Hospital Del Mar, one of the health institutions of reference in Barcelona, a city heavily struck by Covid-19. As most hospitals in Spain, it had to adapt to the surge in demand of beds in hospitalization and UCI beds due to the emergency. However, contrary to the strategy of expanding to facilities in other locations, Hospital del Mar has built a contingency plan to reorganize internally and grow to neighboring buildings enhanced by a flexible architectural design and a cohesive urban organization.
You can read the original article on the SALUS website.