Emergency Hospital Nurse Isabel Zendal (Hospital de Emergencias Enfermera Isabel Zendal) Greenroof & Gardens
25,995 sf Greenroof + 54,024 sf Gardens
Greenroofs.com Featured Project June 2, 2021
Along with the rest of Europe and eventually the world, Spain’s toll of Covid-19 related deaths lies heavy on the hearts of all. With the spread of the pandemic and mounting increase of hospital patient admissions, last year the governmental body responsible for the system of public health services in the Community of Madrid commissioned a new hospital for emergencies, the Hospital de Emergencias Enfermera Isabel Zendal.
Although some healthcare service providers lobbied against it, arguing for refurbishing older hospitals, the emergency hospital has been very successful in treating many Covid patients in its six months of opening. Fluctuating between hospitalization and immunization services, it has the capacity to vaccinate 10,000 people.
And, Landscape architect Cristina Jorge of Cjcpaisaje has designed an ecologically sensitive and beautiful vegetated roof and surrounding gardens perfect for the arid climate of Madrid. Kudos to Cristina and all the healthcare workers across the globe!
Excerpt from Greenroofs.com Project Profile:
Completed in 100 days in response to the CovId-19 pandemic, the Hospital de Emergencias Enfermera Isabel Zendal was named in homage to Isabel Zendal, a Spanish nurse who brought smallpox vaccinations to South America and Asia in the early 1800s.
Designed by Chile 15 Arquitectos, the Emergency Hospital encompasses three large pavilion buildings with 1,008 beds and 48 ICUs. The health center for pandemic crises supports the entire hospital network of the Madrid Health Service in the event of any emergency, health crisis or healthcare need.
Panoramic view of the north side of the Emergency Hospital landscape. Image: Cristina Jorge of Cjcpaisaje
Designed by Cristina Jorge of Cjcpaisaje, the topography was modified to conserve rainwater and directed to landscaped green areas to act as sponges to reduce runoff, store water, remove sediment and pollutants, and release it into other ecosystems. Of the five landscaped areas, the green roof belongs to Area 1; the others are on natural terrain. Due to dry climatic conditions, adapted plant species with low water demand were selected, reducing the risk of allergies and respiratory problems.
Creating a natural system of protection, the landscape architecture takes as reference the simple integrated system of living microorganisms in the regulation of climate change. Plant palettes reflect Spanish landscapes, specifically: The Protection System or the Cell Wall represents the Sierra Norte; the Meeting Point or Nucleus DNA represents the Estepa Sur; and the Circulation System or Vacuoles represents the Vega Campiña.
Employing Soprema waterproofing and other materials, the sprawling green roof is partly located over the underground technical galleries, currently used to store medical and surgical supplies.
Shown in orange, the extensive green roof areas have a depth of 20 cm, encompassing 1,347 sqm. The 50-100 cm-deep intensive greenroof area is shown in yellow with an area of 1,068 sqm.
The micro-parklands provide isolated areas where people can meet in small homogeneous controlled groups instead of creating a large homogeneous park for everyone. These micro-enclosures provide circular areas for patients, visitors, and healthcare professionals to meet safely in secluded places surrounded by trees and shrubs or to walk around large green islands.
The Hospital de Emergencias Enfermera Isabel Zendal Greenroof & Gardens is intended to be a part of the machine to heal and to provide relief from the stress and emotional trauma of the Covid-19 hospital environment.
Phase 2 of the Hospital de Emergencias Enfermera Isabel Zendal (Emergency Hospital Nurse Isabel Zendal) Greenroof & Gardens – as shown in the plan above, was modified to comply with schedules and deadlines and although temporary, reflects necessary information. After the pandemic subsides and the times normalize, certain additional elements may be completed.
Owner: Servicio de Salud de la Comunidad de Madrid
Location: Madrid, Spain
Building Type: Healthcare
Greenroof Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 25,995 sq.ft. greenroofs
Slope: 0 – 5%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment
CRISTINA JORGE CAMACHO, CJCPAISAJE
CHILE 15 ARQUITECTOS
CONURMA INGENIEROS CONSULTORES
WATERPROOFING, INSULATION, GEOTEXTILE, DRAINAGE:
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