Ventura + Partners has just completed the extension to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Pedro Hispano Hospital, in Matosinhos, Portugal. Yesterday we celebrated its inauguration in the company of Marta Temido, Minister of Health, Luísa Salgueiro, mayor of Matosinhos City Council, Taveira Gomes, the Hospital’s board director, Rui Araújo, head of ICU, and everyone who made it happen.
The project was developed in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, creating 11 negative pressure rooms that guarantee the best treatment conditions for patients and greater safety for health professionals simultaneously. Doubling the number of beds of the ICU, this extension not only reinforces, in the short term, the response capacity of the Hospital against the pandemic but also translates, in the long term, into a new attribute for its regular service. The new unit has already allowed the Hospital to resume its regular activity, including surgery, directly impacting the entire community.
Completed in 25 working days, the project fits the surrounding buildings, while also blending art and science. The drawings by Manuela Oliveira, an artist and retired Visual Education teacher, coexist with a phrase by Pedro Hispano, a 17th-century doctor who lends its name to the Hospital — “Medicine aims to conserve the health and to recover the lost health by eliminating the disease.”
The project involved more than 300 people, among architects, designers, engineers, technicians, and other production and construction workers.