The social charity institution, Padre Rubinos, was born in La Coruna 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.We now present its new headquarters born in a quiet way of understanding architecture.
The construction 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.
We reassume 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 common areas like living rooms, professional offices, therapy rooms, … are devised while at the upper two floors private areas linked to the rooms are located.
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, but meanwhile giving humanity, serenity and warmth to the interior (warm soil, wood texture, natural fabrics, …).