The large hospital in the east of the Paris region is designed in a district that is still under construction. The orientation in the heart of the block is addressed to a university organised around a basin and the ambition to eventually form a hospital-university campus presides over the idea that the district can become a new centrality distributed by a large north-south mall, "the Danube course".
The 12 hectare site dedicated to the hospital, served by the main roads via the RD231, does not have any topographical features. Rectangular in shape, flat, the playground is exemplary. The neutrality of the site is an opportunity to invent the minivan in its purest form and which, like a concept car, can contain all the fundamental components of the concept.
Despite the unitary and silent aspect of the architectural result, the hospital contains the secret code of the hospital activity based on 3 cross values. By its main functions: diagnosis-Interventional-convalescence on the one hand, and by its large flows on the other hand, public-patient-logistics.
This entanglement of ternary components generates a building on 3 levels (diagnosis-Interventional-convalescence) and 3 vertical strata (public-patient-logistic) one before, one in the centre and one after.
The implementation of a grid and tree system is a prerequisite for the radical nature of the architectural approach and the strictest respect for functionality.
The mesh size is also a guarantee of horizontal extensibility.
The closed morphology with patios, already tested in the hospitals of Toulon and Châlon sur Saône, ensures the flexibility of space occupancy.
The hospital thus presents itself as a low and bright building, monolithic and discreet.
With the exception of their fine serial screen printing, the facades have no added writing. Their drawing in the competition was even reduced to simple white rectangles, the backdrop to the hospital work to come.
The latter are thus designed to illuminate all types of premises, both today and in the future.
The interior patios, with their distinct colours, help to orient the occupants. Each hospital subuniverse contained in the large ensemble is characterized by their shades.
The structural parsimony of the building has made it possible to maintain a comfortable budget for the choice of interior materials. The patient is cared for in a high quality hotel building.
The absence of a hierarchy in the form and treatment of façades ultimately allows for the multiple peripheral accesses that ambulatory activity combined with digital technology tends to initiate.