EN | FR
  1. Art
  2. Commercial Architecture
  3. Commercial Interior Design
  4. Competition
  5. Edition
  6. Event + Exhibition
  7. Fashion Design
  8. Graphic Design
  9. Industrial Architecture
  10. Industrial Design
  11. Institutional Architecture
  12. Landscape Architecture
  13. Lifestyle
  14. Lighting Design
  15. Multimedia Design
  16. Product
  17. Real Estate
  18. Residential Architecture
  19. Residential Interior Design
  20. Urban Design
  21. X
⇤ Newswire
v2com, the international newswire specializing in the distribution of design, architecture and lifestyle press kits to the media
Journalists! Take advantage of free access to press kits to easily download high resolution images.


Professionals! Join an influential network, get international media coverage and improve your reputation.


We are sociable!


Subscribe
to our newsletter.



Press Kit
| no: 2167-01
Press kits are only available
for download by media.
Terms
For immediate release

All photos must be published with proper credit.
Please reference v2com as the source
whenever possible. We always appreciate
receiving PDF copies of your articles.

Press materials


High-resolution images for individual download
Download low-resolution images


Flag black
Press kit - Press release - A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects

A Shelter for Life

A Coruña, Spain

Elsa Urquijo Architects

WAN Healthcare Award 2016


A Coruña, Spain, 2016-08-12 -

The social charity institution Padre Rubinos was born in A Coruña nearly a century ago with a dedication to give shelter and asylum to the needy. Later it has continued growing and expanding its scope to nursery schools and the elderly. Now, Spanish architect Elsa Urquijo presents their new headquarter to us. This is one of the most important in the country in its field because it unifies a wide range of services (shelter, nursery, nursing home, etc.) in a unique architectural complex.


The design has born in a quite way of understanding architecture. The building is conceived as a shelter for the life that transcends in it, a serene space, unpretentious and to endure. The use of horizontal lines arises from the search for peace and relaxation creating a sequence of measured and ordered spaces.


It is an architectural space that revolves around those individuals in need, the academic composition of the facade and featuring a portico at the entrance that surrounds and defines a square, open to the city. They re-assume the concept of cloister attuned to the religious character and social work of the institution.

 

The idea of a patio is repeated throughout the architectural complex as focal point of the different spaces seeking to strengthen the clarity, light and visual continuity between interior and exterior. Different volumes fit the morphology of the terrain so that both ground floor and the upper floors maintain direct external communication.


The nursing home for the elderly occupies the most extensive use of the complex. At the ground floor are the common areas like living rooms, professional offices, therapy rooms, etc. while at the upper two floors private areas are located linked to the bedrooms. 


Special care has been taken in the use of materials that meet the requirements for a building of these characteristics: high quality, strength, durability, ecology (we use a kind of floor which catalyze the carbon dioxide as leafs in the forest do).

Meanwhile giving humanity, serenity and warmth to the interior (warm soil, wood texture, natural fabrics, etc.)


The nursery school is set on a single floor. The clarity and spatial continuity between the classrooms allow for a versatile use of the same. A visual and symbolic relationship to the common areas of the nursing home is also sought after so that both generations can relate and bond.


The homeless shelter is divided into 3 different uses: accommodation, dining and a center of ongoing social care to be carried out mainly on the ground floor and the upper floor reserved for the rooms. The access to the homeless shelter goes back to the concept of an open space whose portico gives a human scale and protects the visitor.


Besides these basic uses, the complex also includes a residence for the sisters. They manage the homeless shelter, headquarters for the institution and area representative with an assembly hall and a chapel which is a symbol and an attraction within the complex.


Their presence is evidenced by clearly recognizable elements as the bell tower and the entrance with orderly and serene architecture. 


The entrance is through a secluded and warm space arriving to a magnified space which enhances the symbolism of the place. This in turn embraces us by the horizontal line of the wooden plinth which returns it to a human scale.

  

About Elsa Urquijo Architects

Elsa Urquijo Architects is an architecture and interior design office based in A Coruña since 2000. They understand architecture as a continuous quest for simplicity and clarity of the idea and the rigor of the application of their conception in the built work. They are interested in developing an architecture that stimulates the senses beyond sight, through the materiality and scale.

 

Fact Sheet

Name: The social charity institution Padre Rubinos headquarters 

Location: A Coruña, España 

Client: Fundación Amancio Ortega 

Architects: Elsa Urquijo Architects 

Project Manager: Elsa Urquijo 

Collaborators: Gema Rivas, María Freixedo, Iria Senra, Nieves González, Carla Galante, Ignacio Urquijo, Xavier Loureiro, Ruth Mascato 

Engineers: Instra Ingenieros 

Contractors: GOA Invest 

Area of project: Healthcare 

Project end date: 2014 

Fotógrafo: Elsa Urquijo Architects 

Area: 15.882 m2

- 30 -


Media contact
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
Medium-resolution image
9.6 x 6.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
Medium-resolution image
9.6 x 6.2
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
Medium-resolution image
9.6 x 6.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
High-resolution image
9.6 x 14.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
Medium-resolution image
9.6 x 6.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
Medium-resolution image
9.6 x 6.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
Medium-resolution image
9.6 x 6.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
High-resolution image
9.6 x 14.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
High-resolution image
9.6 x 14.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
Medium-resolution image
9.6 x 6.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
High-resolution image
9.6 x 14.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
Medium-resolution image
9.6 x 6.42
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
Medium-resolution image
9.6 x 6.4
300dpi
Press kit | 2167-01 - Press release | A Shelter for Life - Elsa Urquijo Architects - Institutional Architecture - Photo credit:  ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Photo credit: ELSA URQUIJO ARCHITECTS
Download
Medium-resolution image
9.6 x 6.4
300dpi