ARAVACA PSYCHIATRIC CLINIC

(Psychiatric clinic; Aravaca, Spain; 2008- )

A psychiatric clinic is primarily a house for feeble people on their way back towards a normal life in everyday society. It is like a mini city with different sections, ambients, streets... The client of this project, the third generation of a renowned psychiatric doctors family, had in mind a complex programme with multiple users (serious patients, casual patients, patients' relatives, medical staff, service staff, residents) which was accommodated using a clean and simple array of architectural means.

Given the nature of the building (psychiatric consultation rooms and day hospital) and the natural slope of the site, the building is arranged in terraced wings with different medical functions that profit from the individual gardens they each have. The treatment of the vegetation and open spaces is exquisite, becoming an inherent part of the therapeutic process.