In the French city of Lyon, the Croix-Rousse Hospital is to be extended. Its actual organization has set up a “classical grandeur”. Located at the top of a hill, the institution overviews the city’s landscape, major and reassuring presence.
The double constraint site – programme led to a linear spatial system functioning around two vertical columns linked together.
The extension of the existing system means to link the new and the existing.
This goes through four key decisions:
- Keep the reference to the central axis which will remain a symbolic, geographic and geometric centre of the hospital.
- Extend the alignment of the existing facades and establish a sequence of proportions, rhythm and materials from the old to the new.
- The length of the extension equals the length of the existing building.
In front of the facade a large open terrace is designed; it sits the long building and forms the entrance esplanade and its garden. This large horizontal plane reveals the dominating position of the hospital and unifies the whole.
Architect: Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
Client: Hôpital de la Croix Rousse
Program: E. R., 15 operation blocks, technical and endoscopic grid, reanimation Engieneering Consultants: SERETE Engineering CDP Team : Marie-Elizabeth Nicoleau, Bertrand Beau, André Terzibachian Economist: ATEC
Surfrace Area: 495 150 sqf / 46 000 sqm (336 beds)
Project Years: 1999-2010