"A building as a city"
Our proposal is based on the understanding of the old Hospital building as an urban space which is able to hold the city’s activity inside. All relevant heritage elements and spaces are reclaimed fo this purpose. The intervention allows the Hospital of San Sebastian to adapt itself to the needs of a contemporary public building, whilst preserving all those elements of historical value that characterize the refurbished construction. The original facades and volumes are preserved entirely. In the interior areas, the existing volumes of the vaulted rooms are recovered; unnecesary compartments are avoided and all suspended ceilings are removed.
The Ground Floor is conceived as a large urban interchange hub, a space returned to the city. The rectangular premises, which are set around the courtyards, allow ease of use, generating a dynamic fabric in which both gourmet market uses and multi-purpose spaces emerge.