Child Jesus Hospital
Our goal is to let the “Retiro Park invade Hospital Niño Jesús”. A beautiful project that will enable children to run and play among trees and birds, even if they’ve been in hospital for many months.
THE RETIRO PARK INVADES HOSPITAL NIÑO JESÚS
The project is intended to transform the look of Hospital Niño Jesús in Madrid. The hospital is housed in a building dating back to 1877, and located very close to the Retiro Park. To give it a new look and fill it with light, we will refurbish its hallways and common areas to depict very recognizable landscapes mimicking the nearby Retiro Park. Children will be able to look at birds, trees and flowers with their eyes and their imagination.
This is how we will let the “Retiro Park invade Hospital Niño Jesús”, and children will be able run and play among its trees, even if they haven’t been able to leave the hospital grounds for months. We want to enable them to feel how wonderful it is to enjoy nature, a park that is so close … and yet so far away.
The plan is to work on different spaces of the Hospital Niño Jesús in Madrid, focusing particularly on those wings housing paediatric oncology, the main hallways and the outpatient section, where children receive treatment or go to consultations.
Our goals with this transformation are to:
- Improve the condition of the hospital environment to help the children feel better.
- Help the children overcome the possible rejection that they feel towards this space, by designing a place with which they can identify. A place they can remember through positive impacts.
- Increase the sense of pride among the medical staff.
- The Hospital Niño Jesús in Madrid is one of the oldest and largest hospitals in Madrid. Founded in 1877, the building dates back to that time and is structured in a series of wings in the shape of a fishbone.
One of the things that strikes the most about this hospital is its location. It is right in front of the Retiro Park. The Retiro Park is one of the city’s main leisure venues, a place where the locals go to enjoy the green surroundings, to practice different sports or to enjoy cultural or social activities.
The idea for the project is born from this contrast between two venues that are physically so close. On the one hand, the hospital where children spend so much time “confined”, and on the other, the park, open, inviting, a place of enjoyment.
HOW THE PARK INVADES THE HOSPITAL
It’s about bringing a part of that life being enjoyed out there, at the park, to the hospital. A fantasy world in which plants, animals, the architecture, all those things that happen on a daily bases in the Retiro park are replicated or represented at the hospital. A scalable project, as large or as small as we wish it to be.
GENERAL ACCESS, Ground Floor
GENERAL ACCESS, First Floor
WINGS OF HOSPITALIZATION, 1st Floor