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New Vigo Hospital

The new Alvaro Cunqueiro Hospital, designed by luis vidal + architects, has just opened its doors in the city of Vigo (Galicia, Spain) and is one of the largest hospitals in Europe and one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Its nearly 200,000 m² are designed with the criteria of flexibility, comfort and optimal modularity to be a building for the future, technological and cutting-edge.

Created with the economic, social, and environmental responsibility values present in all the projects of luis vidal + architects, the New Álvaro Cunqueiro Hospital is the first medical building in Spain recognized with the international BREEAM sustainability certification.

In the design, the study of the environment has been key, since in spite of its large size it is integrated in its scope through the staggering and fragmentation of the volumes on the slope of the mountain on which it sits, generating accesses and specialized spaces and making this factor a virtue. The sequences of the landscape from the sea (external consultations with their blue colors and architecture of watery patios) to the mountain (technical block with green colors and natural materials) are transferred to this building-city with two connection spaces: the "spine" or sheet related to the dock-port as a clearly technological element and admissions "candles" connected to it.

The circulation scheme is structured by the central spine and the specialized vertical cores that place each service in its optimal location. Organization of the services groups the outpatient clinics at one end and the internal ones at the other. The result is a building highlighted by the following milestones: constructive and functional flexibility; its human scale as it takes into account the needs of the patients, relatives and healthcare staff; an ordering of clear and direct flows of circulation, without residual spaces and with shorter routes, that enhance the intuitive orientation and reduce patient stress; an excellent use of natural light; the continuous presence of vegetation with therapeutic gardens; the use of color, warm and comfortable materials, and the careful acoustics.

One of its technological advances is the use of prismatic paint that is used for the first time to cover the facade of a hospital. This paint is characterized by its extreme durability without losing its color intensity, as well as its capacity to change in tone depending on the light and the viewing angle.

The new Vigo Hospital has won the International Award for Best Healthcare Project of the Future from the International Academy of Design and Health in Kuala Lumpur. The hospital has been designed under the parameters of a new typology: the “Airport-hospital” concept, which was developed by luis vidal + architects, a new generation of buildings that includes Can Misses in Ibiza and Infanta Leonor in Madrid

2012 Future Health Project Award of the International Academy for Design & Health


Best Healthcare Project of the Future, International Academy of Design and Health, Malaysia


Place/Date: Vigo, 2010-2015
Client: Ute Novo Hospital de Vigo / JV Novo Hospital de Vigo
Budget: 238 M € (PEC, CC), 287,98 M € (PEC + IVA, CC + VAT)
Surface: 297.234 m² (190.272 m² hospital +106.962 m² parking)
Arquitects: luis vidal + architects / Vicente Fernández-Couto / Jacobo Rodríguez-Losada
Contributors: Idom Ingeniería
Project Status: Built
Team: João Abreu - María Astiaso - David Ávila - Tatiana Blas - Eva Couto - Marta Cumellas - Alba del Castillo - José Benito Fernández - David Fernández Feito - Jose Luis Fernández-Morais - Isabel Gil - Carlos González - Carolina Hernández - Jóse Miguel Ibañez - Julio Isidro Lozano - Humberto Martínez - Lourdes Moreno - Héctor Orden - Carlos Peña - Martín Rivas - Francisco Rojo - Santiago Sánchez - Manuel Sánchez de Ocaña - Francisco Sanjuan - Javier Torrado - Oscar Torrejón - Luis Vidal - Álvaro Mayoral - Javier Aguirre - Patricia Allona - Paz Armenta - Nick Axel - Zelia Da Costa - David Fernandez Llompart - Susanne Forner - Magdalena García de durango - Laura Herreros - Javier Palacios - José Parejo - Pedro Portillo - Giovanni Pulcioni - Javiera Riquelme