‘Las Delicias’ Nursing Home – Malaga, Spain

The main goal of this dissertation, that consists in an elderly care home in ‘Las Delicias’, Málaga, is to establish a new type of housing for the elderly, where new relationships and the independence of its users are encouraged, so that the seniors can still feel themselves as a very important part of society. The site chosen, the actual garage ‘Las Delicias’ in Malaga, holds inside its walls some remaining columns from the time it was used as baths. Having been visited by Queen Isabel II, the rests should be given back to the city after being renovated, so that all the citizens can enjoy them as they used to.

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The neighborhood needs a new spot to regenerate itself and so a nursing home could bring new population to the area. They would live in a cheap and quiet part of the city, close from the downtown district, where the retirees could interact with other people in their same situation, have some privacy and independence and enjoy the historical baths of ‘Las Delicias’.

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The building itself comes from two initially independent volumes: the pre-existing one (where the recreational center locates) and the newly built one (which contains the accommodation and resting areas). These two are physically related through a box erected on the first floor, right on top of the new open public square. It holds the media center, works as a transition between the accommodation and the REC center and offers a new modern image of the neighborhood. The new volume is equally organized based on a zoning system according to uses: administrative areas to the North, the multidenominational chapel to the South, common areas all along the pedestrian walkaway and rooms gathered in residential communities and placed together in C shape.

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This new accommodation system, the residential communities, are the most important element of the nursing home, as they are responsible for the comfortable stay of the elderly. These communities combine bedrooms (either single or double) and a common area (living room and kitchen) which is understood as a transition between the privacy of the bedroom and the big scale of the shared rooms. There are two possible types of community: one includes a single bedroom and a double one (each one with its own bathroom) while the other one includes four single bedrooms (with shared bathrooms). With these two options, the nursing home meets the needs of all kind of seniors: different family situations, solitude, problems in their economies…

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The project is at all time opened to the city of Málaga, offering its new developed spaces to asure the encounter of people, teenagers or elderly, and giving back to the population the history held in ‘Las Delicias’. Encouraging relationship among neighbors has been, throughout time, the main characteristic of the place, and so, that quality couldn’t be dismissed. The main plaza will become an extension of the recreational center, where exercise, sport, or activities can take place, complementing ‘Plaza de los Cristos’, which works as a rest area, full of vegetation, just like the new gardens incorporated in the historical remains. The building reduces its height when it touches the streets as a way of widing the public paths, so tight nowadays.

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The project was developed in all of its phases, so the structure and m.e.p. systems were also designed.

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