Peace and relaxation is focus of social charity institution by Elsa Urquijo

The social charity institution Padre Rubinos was established in Coruña nearly a century ago with a dedication to give a shelter and asylum to the needy. Later it has continued growing and expanding its scope to nursery schools and now Spanish architect Elsa Urquijo presents its new headquarters.

The use of horizontal lines arises from the search for peace and relaxation creating a sequence of measured and ordered spaces.

The idea of a patio is repeated throughout the architectural complex as a focal point of the different spaces seeking to strengthen the clarity, light and visual continuity between interior and exterior.

The nursing home for the elderly occupies the most extensive use of the complex. At the ground floor are the common areas like living rooms, professional offices and therapy rooms while at the upper two floors private areas are located linked to the bedrooms.

Special care has been taken in the use of materials that meet the requirements for a building of these characteristics: high quality, strength, durability and ecology.

A visual and symbolic relationship to the common areas of the nursing home is also sought after so that both generations can relate and bond.

The homeless shelter is divided into three different uses: accommodation, dining and a center of ongoing social care to be carried out mainly on the ground floor and the upper floor reserved for the rooms.

Besides these basic uses, the complex also includes a residence for the sisters. They manage the homeless shelter, headquarters for the institution and area representative with an assembly hall and a chapel which is a symbol and an attraction within the complex.