Text description provided by the architects. The Platform Service is located on Sant Josep de Vilanova street, in the province of Barcelona. The building is arranged around a courtyard with different heights. The heighest façade (ground floor and three floors) looks onto Pastera Raval passage, so that the sun orientation doesn’t shade the garden.
LFor the same reason, the facade that looks onto Sant Josep street is the lowest, allowing maximum entry of sunlight into the green area. The courtyard that faces this street is limited only by a terrace which integrates the garden area and the street. The facade of the building facing the Hospital has a ground floor and a first floor, matching the height to surrounding houses which are on the other side of the street. For the design criteria , the building prioritizes the domestic scale , trying to give maximum comfort space needed for the residents, which are known because of their long stay in the center.
Safety is also a very important factor which is obtained by organizing indoor and outdoor public spaces allowing an easy control and monitoring of residents. The main entrance is located on Sant Josep street at ground floor level , where an entrance terrace gives access to the different services that the center provides. Both access of goods and services are done on Pastera street , at a basement level , taking advantage of the slope in the terrain. At this level there is a loading and unloading dock and a small staff parking lot .
There is a path at this level which connects with the Hospital, and this allows services to be shared. The functional program consists of a Residential Area , which consists of four hospitalization units (132 beds), a day care center area, with a capacity of 60 beds, a shared services area (Rehabilitation Area, Dining Rooms, Occupational Therapy, Public Toilets and Auditorium for 100 people capacity ), a Supplementary Service Area , Administrative and General Services. The laundry and other hotel services have a large size , because they cater for the Hospital as well.