Post-Operative Care and Rehabilitation Center

Le Bourget, Ile-de-France Region, France

View from the central garden

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.

Site plan
Cardboard study model
Wood model of the realized project
Bird’s-eye view of the entrance facade
Entrance protected by the building cantilever
Central garden from the reception hall
Reception hall
Balconies on the central garden, and fitness path all around the glazed gallery
Central garden with the crossing reception hall in the background
Central garden
Central garden from the service entrance towards the balneotherapy
Rehabilitation room in the glazed gallery
Balneotherapy facing the central garden
Cross section of the restaurant and the re-education facilities
Longitudinal section of the reception hall
Wood cladding laying on the waterproof membrane


‘The One Hundred Buildings of the Year’, AMC/ Le Moniteur Architecture, nº184 (January 2008)
d’Architecture, nº167 (October 2007)
Séquence Bois, nº71 (July 2008), special issue on health