MADRID (ES) - In Spain it is quite common for general practitioners and medical specialists to be housed together in health centres where facilities like reception desks and waiting rooms can be efficiently shared. The San Martin Health Centre in Madrid, designed by Carlos Pérez-Pla and Pedro Urzáiz, is a striking example of the type.
The smooth facades of this health centre are made from holographic glass, which changes colour depending on the point of view and the angle of incidence of light. The flat facades also add another, slightly disorienting dimension to one's experience of the building: the holographic glass, filled with a layer of gel, covers the actual facades like an epidermis. At first glance you might think that such a singular building would dominate its surroundings. Closer inspection reveals that in fact the Centro 'camouflages' itself, adapting to changing conditions and in so doing directly and indirectly reflecting facets of its surroundings. (Hannah Schubert)