San Gines drugstore / XPIRAL

Spanish practice XPIRAL made a nice interior work on this drugstore, with an amazing ceilling treatment.

Take a look at the complete photoset by Juan de la Cruz Megías after the break.

Cite: "San Gines drugstore / XPIRAL" 05 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • jw

    demasiado exagerado y GRATUITO para una farmacia

  • dustin

    let me guess… the owner has a second year arch student son who drew up some plans

  • Marcus

    Very nice geometry. I also like the exterior doors at the entrance.

  • ….

    Maya polymesh before smooth preview

  • Henry

    FANTASTICA FARMACIA ! Fresh and Cool architecture !

  • Sheida


  • BS

    To be honest I find the light and shapes of the ceiling quite disorienting. Then the skewed framework continues for the exterior too. Kind of makes me think does it take away from the purpose of a drugstore with everything easy to find and organised.

  • Hoctavio

    Makes me want to pop some pills! I guess it’s a strong concept!!!????

  • Bo Lucky

    What happend to the right angle? This is what happens when starchitects show a way to desin without a setsquare… only a few can do it right…

  • thiago

    the facade is ok, but the ceiling is horrible.
    very weak lightning concept, too low (i guess by the pictures), which means claustrophobic and the finishes and detailing are really poor designed.

    as Bo Lucky says, only a few can do it right.. they don’t.

  • Henry

    AH AH AH….

    ” the ceiling ….horrible..” ?

    How old are you ?

  • José

    What a crap…

  • Daniel Con

    I like the green lantern on the exterior for the pharmacy. I agree that the ceiling looks way too low, this might work if it were a double height space, but it really dominates the space. Maybe smaller ceiling panels would make it work??

    what confuses me is the flamingo….. any explanation? I would like more of a description of this project…why is there, what looks like a pile of dirt with stairs leading up to it??

  • Andrew

    zany…maybe a little too crazy. Like a teenager who always has to remind you how crazy she is. This building is saying “I’m zany! right guys? right?”… My eye needs a break from that teenager somewhere.

  • chuon chuon mua

    How intriguing the interior is! I like lines and form of the ceiling though it would seem to be more effective for a cafe’s interior.

  • Henry

    so schematic …. and conservative guys !

    Where are your from ?

    USA…..England ?

    Learn something of Eisenmann or Morphosis, please !

  • Moraes

    too much wasted space.. where r the products? really poor drugstore.

  • Ney

    it makes the products look messy.

  • Harry Wild

    Only conservative architects can’t appreciate the work of more daring designers, for instance look at the work of John Lautner.

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  • Ralf

    Good design but I prefer see it in a big building.

  • Frank Phelps

    cool concept. but i feel like more attention should’ve been paid to the product displays. shelves cashier’s desk etc. don’t connect well with the rest of the building. the exterior leaves you asking for more

  • Mauro

    This is incredibly…heavy
    1 envelope composed by the facades and ceilings + displays and desk = no connection