Jardin de mi Hospi 'La Paz'http://www.shapedscape.com/media/reviews/photos/original/99/77/03/696-Colorful-Rubber-Jardin-de-mi-Hospi-Roof-Garden-and-Playground-designed-by-A-cero-in-collaboration-with-Juegaterapia-at-the-Hospital-Universitario-Materno-Infantil-La-Paz-in-Madrid-Spain-9-57-1442218587.jpg
'El jardín de mi Hospi' is one of the most special projects carried out by the study in close collaboration with the NGO Juegaterapia. This charity project has been possible thanks to the collaboration of several companies and donations from organizations and thousands of anonymous people. Studio A-cero has designed this garden in total selflessly.
The construction of this garden is a pioneering project in Spain and many hospitals are expected to have a similar space. The goal is that sick children can enjoy the outdoors and play like other children. We wanted both humanize and improve the quality of the children's lives and their families in particularly adverse circumstances.
This garden is located on the roof of the access building to the Maternal and Child Universitary Hospital La Paz in Madrid. It is a space of 800 m2 of green areas, play and relax for hospitalized children, especially for those who are in a situation of long stay.
The roof of the Hospital La Paz is structured through a series of circular elements that function as different play and seating areas, formally linked to a winding path that runs along the roof creating an itinerary that welcomes you to explore the entire space.
All the cover is upholstered with artificial grass and soft floors, which include large planters, that double as benches. It is a place designed for meeting, resting, reading etc. Another element to highlight are the pergola-tables: circular mushroom-shaped pergolas provide shade for the tables. The entire roof garden is illuminated with decorative lighting fixtures that can also serve as lounging furniture.
The roof playground is accessed by a sports rubberized floor, in which begins the journey of different play areas. The whole route has a safety rail of 1.80 m high, formed by gray and transparent glass panels, leaving a small maintenance corridor. In the panels closest to the entrance we see a large horizontal vinyl with the logo "El Jardín de mi Hospi" and Juegaterapia. The mosaic cubes of Pixel XL, feature magnetic coating pieces that allows to vary the drawings, thereby creating a play and decoration element very dynamic and open.
At the garden entrance there are two unique and very special tree pots. These were place in memory of Aaron and Jacobo, two little patients that were taken away by disease before the project was completed, now will remain a part of the garden forever.
This first area is dedicated younger children, where we can see anchored elements as the snail-shaped slide. It is located on a circular rubber surface, which connects to the rest of the journey inviting us to follow it.
The colorful winding path leads to the second area dedicated to families. This is an area designed for meeting and relaxing around the potted trees. Here parents can use the pot-benches and light fixtures for seating. In this area and all around the route we find anchored figures with animal shapes and mushroom shaped pergolas that convey a sense of contact with nature, granted by the company Animala.
Continuing on the path follows the third zone, intended for older children. Here you will find new pots, animals and two pergola-tables of even larger dimensions... so much so that they are visible from the outside. This space thanks to its wide surface allows the realization of different activities, since children will count with sports equipment that will be used in the garden. The giant mushrooms have been designed to become shaded circular tables, where you can practice table games, drawing, painting, reading, etc.
The type of tree chosen for this project, as recommended by the allergists of La Paz, is the almond from the Prunus family. This tree was chosen because causes less allergy to the children than the rest of trees. The trees are seasonally underplanted with annuals and perennials.
The next phase of this project is to create therapeutic gardens on the terraces of the building 2, devoted to each of the senses: the smell Garden with aromatic plant species, the sight Garden with colorful plants; the taste Garden, which consists of fruit vegetable species; the touch Garden featuring plants with interesting textures; and the hearing Garden in which we find species that generate different sounds when combined with the wind. The children will also have an area of propagation, so they can plant their own trees.
Images courtesy of A-cero.
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