Le Bourget, Ile-de-France Region, France
Hubert & Roy architects ● Michael Hackspill project designer and manager through all phases of project ● Date of completion: 2007 ● Total gross floor area: 85 000 ft2 ● Construction cost: 12 000 000€ excluding VAT ● Photographs by Hubert & Roy architects and Hervé Abbadie
The post-operative care and rehabilitation center accommodates patients who underwent a surgical operation or were victims of neurological or cardiac damage. In a heterogeneous environment, the project provides for 140 beds and 10 ambulatory places as well as re-education an balneotherapy facilities, around a central garden with varied plantings, creating a convivial and restful atmosphere. The U-shape building is leaned against the street and a railway embankment, and opens up to the West. It turns its back to the surroundings, thus shielding the users from noise and unsightly views
of the neighboring industrial landscape. The monolithic volume is characterized by a continuous, plain wooden envelope facing the city, in contrast to the extensively glazed facades, extended by long balconies on the upper floors that bring the reception hall, care spaces, restaurant and private rooms into contact with the garden. The reinforced concrete post and beam structure is wrapped with prefabricated self-supporting wooden truss panels, covered with OSB boards, wainscoting, and untreated larch cladding. The ground floor gallery and the balconies are suspended by the steel frame of the roof with galvanized steel tubes. Wooden ceilings in the hall and the balneotherapy also contribute to sustainable measures, which create a healthier environment, an attitude adapted to a program that aims to enhance the well being of the patients.