Extension of the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital of Manresa
13 October, 2016
Elderly residence. Mas Piteu, Barcelona
13 October, 2016

Day center for dependent elderly people. Meliana

1172CM 01

Day center for dependent elderly people


Meliana, Spain


Meliana Town Hall


2179 sqm


Milena Villalba


Finalist in CSCAE Awards


The project develops a building, initially on the ground floor, with several open areas that allow the different functional spaces of the building to be related while providing environmental quality to the building and to the users. It is a unique building, with simple and clean lines, wide walls and a sustainable construction system that is perfectly suited to the needs of the Valencian Albufera: a building constructed of structural wood prefabricated with straw bale insulation inside.

Due to the geometry of the plot, the construction system of wide straw bales and the extensive program to be carried out on the ground floor, the building is considered as a closed volume on itself, but which in turn is related to the environment (parks , orchard, etc.) through the exterior and open spaces that are generated within the perimeter of the plot, as "bites" of the exterior rectangular geometry.

The building allows its growth on a higher floor, to house a future residence for the elderly, under the updated and humanized model of coexistence units or groups of around 15-20 people in the same area.