The Practice



Marga Marga Provincial Hospital

The Ministry of Public Works (MOP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MINSAL) and the Healthcare System of Viña del Mar (SSVM), commissioned luis vidal + architects and SWARQ to develop the design of a new hospital located in the V Region of Chile, Valparaíso.

This new hospital aims to become a reference hospital that serves the population of Villa Alemana and will be interrelated with a network of complementary hospitals through the Southern CH-60 highway. The construction and financing of this hospital will be through a public-private partnership (PPP).

The plot where the project is located is bordered on the north by the municipality of Villa Alemana and on the south by the highway. Peripherally it is bounded on three sides by steep slopes that make the terrain a place protected from the noise generated by the highway. In this way, the creation of treatment blocks fills the basin produced by geographical features. The slope is softened in contact with the city, providing a facade to it that creates a friendly urban space access to the hospital.

On the other hand, it is worth noting the existence of a dry riverbed running from north to south in the middle of the land. Because of the anti-seismic regulations of the country, it is considered a vulnerable area for building, and foundations in this zone have to be avoided. The program has therefore been divided in two different slabs over anti-seismic insulators that are interrupted over the watershed by a building of non-clinical use, which works like a simply supported beam, free of movement at the ends of the slabs.

Flexibility in hospital management through design


Place/Date: Comuna de Villa Alemana, Chile, 2013-2014
Client: Directorate General of Public Works, Ministry of Public Works
Budget: Confidential
Surface: 64.743 m2 (50.783 m2 +13.960 m2 parking)
Arquitects: luis vidal + architects / SWARQ
Contributors: Luis Arturo Soler, Rubén Boroschek Asociados RBA, Vectoria
Project Status: Schematic design
Team: Sara Moreno - João Abreu - María Astiaso - David Ávila - Fernando Callejón - Eva Couto - Marta Cumellas - Alba del Castillo - David Fernández Feito - - Isabel Gil - Carlos González - Carolina Hernández - Arturo López-Bachiller - Julio Isidro Lozano - Lourdes Moreno - Enrique Pérez - Irene Rojo de las Heras - Manuel Sánchez de Ocaña - Francisco Sanjuan - Oscar Torrejón - Luis Vidal - María Álvarez-Santullano - Nuria Espina - David Fernandez Llompart - Guillermo García - Mónica Gutierrez - Patricia Lozano - Jesús Mejías - Pedro Portillo - Francisco José Terrero - Sol Uriarte - Equipo Swarq