Arepeated pattern – that allows to sense the heart and the cross present in the emblem of the Hermanas Hospitalarias order – dominates the facade of this small center for social purposes located in the south of Madrid. On one of the most central streets in town, an L-shaped building goes up between the party walls that delimit the plot, leaving a lateral garden. Flexible formworks are once again used here on the panels cladding the exterior walls, and in elements like the outer staircase that links the ground floor – where the charity storeroom and the cathecism classrooms are located – with the upper floor, that houses the assembly room.
“This building was raised as a tribute to two nuns who devoted their lives to the care of female mental patients – true saints they were –, one of which was killed by a patient. It was a simple program with a storeroom, classrooms to teach the cathecism and a large meeting room. The most peculiar thing about this commission was that they easily accepted the facade of flexible formwork panels and the building’s organization, but they were reluctant to the proposal for the garden, where I had designed a light structure of metal tubes for the roses to grow their way up.”... [+]