Health and Education

Intensive Care Unit - Pedro Hispano Hospital

Matosinhos, Portugal

  • Year: 2020
  • Client: Unidade Local de Saúde de Matosinhos
  • Area: 415 m² (4.467 sqft)
  • Location: Matosinhos, Portugal
  • Awards: German Design Awards 2021. Special Mention.



    Prémios Lusófonos de Arquitetura e de Design de Interiores 2020. Gold winner. Hospital and Health Equipment category

  • Category: Health and Education
This 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. Doubling the number of beds of the Intensive Care Unit, 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.

Completed in just 25 working days, the project was developed in a model of continuous collaboration between architects and the SMI team, in order to ensure total adaptation to the needs of patients and healthcare professionals. Externally, the volume establishes symbiotic relationships with the surrounding buildings, harmoniously articulating Art and Science. Displayed on the wooden slatted facades, the drawings by Manuela Oliveira, a retired Visual Arts teacher, coexist with a phrase by Pedro Hispano, a 17th-century doctor: “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.