Alzheimer Center
Alzheimer Center



Estudio Lamela


Fundación Reina Sofía






Multiple use complex, including residential-care and treatment research area. The residential-care area consists of a low-density horizontal disperse buildings and courtyards that fill an entire block.

The treatment investigation area comprises volumes of different heights and where the materials are suited to the indoor uses. Blind facades are combined with elongated horizontal openings, with glass hallways and common areas. Façade characterization is derived from crossing of distributors and glass facades, parasols, etc…

Facade system

The facades of the units faced to the private courtyards are composed of a semi-structural aluminum curtain wall with traction cables and only transoms, fixed to the pillars of the structure. Aluminum thermally broken frame side hung windows with low emmitance glazing and glass panelling over blind areas. There is a glass balustrade with metal frame and lower in cased connection with laminated and structural glass.

The facades of the units faced to the public courtyards are composed of pre-formed concrete panels and multi-layer panels with aluminum, zinc and steel finish for blind areas. At the eye-level viewing strip, aluminum hidden frame windows with low-E glass are present, covered with horizontal parasols made of wooden bars and pierced metal sheets for shading.

Among the volumes of the management area, the façade of the research center stands out, composed of a ventilated façade of zinc panels stiffened with bee-hive pattern and natural wood louver panels act as cladding for cavity walls over brickwork.

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