Amarante’s Hospital / ACXT

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Architects: ACXT
Location: Amarante, Portugal
Architect In Charge: David Coutinho Correia
Design Team: Inês Coelho, Francisca Bastos, Marcelo Dantas, Francisco Eloy, Jorge Paquete
Structure: Silvia Castillo Martins, João Almeida, Rita Fernández
Environmental Engineering: Álvaro Santos, André Mendes, José Sereno
Client: Centro Hospitalario do Tâmega e Sousa
Area: 21,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

From the architect. The Hospital of Amarante is located on a plot of land of mild relief. Its program combines the uses of an outpatients’ department with those of an emergency department. Each one has its own access. The outpatient clinic, to the north, is on the ground floor; the emergency ward, to the west, is on floor -1.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The building, four storeys high, is shaped like a rectangle, formed by a grid of independent volumes, interconnected by a longitudinal axis. The interstitial spaces between the volumes create two types of patios: closed on the inside and open to the outside.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Cite: "Amarante’s Hospital / ACXT" 07 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • ww

    what a dreadful looking space. it looks like a place to die, not to become well.

    • jgm

      Seriously, they must have recycled a previous design for a maximum security prison. This is just depressing.

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  • CR

    I believe you meant “Amarante, Portugal”