Guía de Isora Geriatric Center

The building is placed into the plot using areas of fill material, with the purpose of minimizing the need of retaining walls and maximizing the garden area. The building is organized on three levels above ground and a basement that leverages the existing height difference. In doing so the built volume appearing above street level is considerably smaller than the real built volume of the whole building. The idea of breaking the West corner of the building, just where the plot meets the natural landscape, aims to adapt the scale of the building to that of the landscape, avoiding a strong rupture with the surrounding landscape.

To enhance this effect, the broken corner becomes a garden, in continuity with the future park to be located next to the plot.

In response to the winds, the building is arranged in an L shape closed to the Northwest, thus achieving a good oriented and sheltered outdoors-space, used as a garden and with magnificent views.  The visual connection with nature, sun and sea to be achieved through the garden is considered an important target, since it directly affects the comfort and quality of life of the elderly.

The building is very simple in its volumes and consists of several concrete prisms juxtaposed to enshrine a glass prism. To establish a visual link with the magnificent Indian laurels of the street, we proposed glass louvres with a perforated vinyl treatment reproducing laurel leaves, which will also act as a filter to the looks from the street.

Gardens can be accessed from common spaces, have paths adapted to wheelchair and have several staying areas to encourage their use.


Location: Guía de Isora, Tenerife

Built Area: 2.880 m²

Project Date: Diciembre 2009

Architect: Cristina González Vázquez de Parga

Design Team: Bruno Rodríguez González | Miriam Alemán Brito | Teresa Torres González

Rigger: Ruperto Hernández González

Industrial Engineer: SANLO INGENIEROS

Agronomist Engineer: María Flores González Moro

Structural Consultant: Benjamín Cova Alonso