S. Vicente Healthcare Centre - Duarte Caldeira | architect
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S. Vicente Healthcare Centre

The healthcare centre building has several departments, including inpatient care, A&E, outpatients’ surgery and social services. It functions as a small hospital. It is located in a rural, topographically prominent area, surrounded by an intense mountainous landscape.

The project is set into farmland where, due to the steepness of the slopes, the small plots of land are arranged as terraces. These slopes suggested the design of the building divided into small linked but staggered volumes, with windows opening into the landscape. The composition establishes a number of solids and voids resulting in gardened patios and terraces.

The roofs are lined in aggregates of various tones creating a patchwork similar to the agricultural terraces. The remaining exterior cladding is done in a greyish green stone, which blends with the tone of the surrounding landscape.

status – construído
location – S. Vicente Madeira Portugal
year – 2005
architects – Duarte Caldeira, Rui Vieira, Filipe Araújo,
photography – Carlos Noronha



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