the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Healthcare Center
  4. Spain
  5. Paco García & Daniel Zapata
  6. 2009
  7. Doctor's Office in The Suburb of El Gordillo / Paco García & Daniel Zapata

Doctor's Office in The Suburb of El Gordillo / Paco García & Daniel Zapata

  • 01:00 - 8 March, 2013
Doctor's Office in The Suburb of El Gordillo / Paco García & Daniel Zapata
Doctor's Office in The Suburb of El Gordillo / Paco García & Daniel Zapata, © Antonio Arévalo
© Antonio Arévalo

© Antonio Arévalo © Antonio Arévalo © Antonio Arévalo © Antonio Arévalo + 19

  • Architects

    Paco García Romero, Daniel Zapata Pedreño
  • Location

    Sevilla, Spain
  • Team

    Eduardo Montes, Bárbara Sanz, Carlos Gómez, Manuel M. Sarabia
  • Client

    Servicio Andaluz de Salud
  • Year

  • Photography

© Antonio Arévalo
© Antonio Arévalo

Text description provided by the architects. In a residential suburban area on the outskirts of Seville is located the medical office that the Andalusian Health Service has put in hands of the architecture buffet, which intends to use part of the neighborhood’s association facilities meeting quite an adjusted budget. Without any architectural landmark and the idea of constructing a new building with distinctive institutional features, all domestic architectural elements have been deleted: the door, window, floor height,… All elements are abstracted in order to reach a language almost minimalist and very different from the surrounding buildings. This abstraction simplifies the constructing system and adjusts the material budget.

© Antonio Arévalo
© Antonio Arévalo

The project, after analysis of the required program, was focused on providing the future doctor’s office with the features of a public building, as well as applying different sustainability criteria with the ambition of optimizing the possibilities the location had to offer. It results interesting to mention how an annex arises, extending the building both in stories and height and fleeing domestic scale of a one story building which overlooks the buildings complex. The natural and artificial lighting also denotes a careful study and sensibility towards energy efficiency criteria.

© Antonio Arévalo
© Antonio Arévalo

The simplicity and double function of the elements are raised during the development of the whole building as an added value, and intend to contribute principals of efficiency, economy and durability to architecture. Something that may seem insignificant as security acquires an important role, expanded metal is settled from floor to ceiling as coating, acquiring a double role: safety and aesthetics, dematerializing the window space and obtaining a more abstract language according to the institutional use. The lacquered woodwork that coats a complete wall acoustically qualifies this determined space, as well as collecting and storing various technical uses and consulting service. It serves as a storage locker, telecommunications core, pass-service area, acoustics and soundproofing wall.

© Antonio Arévalo
© Antonio Arévalo

Looking for easy maintenance and, why not, a dialogue regarding the surrounding the materials used in the area such us exposed concrete, fertile soil or hydraulic lime pargeting painted white.


View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Paco García & Daniel Zapata
Cite: "Doctor's Office in The Suburb of El Gordillo / Paco García & Daniel Zapata" [Consultorio Medico en la Barriada de el Gordillo / Paco García & Daniel Zapata] 08 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments