Saint-Charles Hospital, St-Dié-des-Vosges
Designed as a large house overlooking the mountains, the extension project for Saint Charles' Hospital works with both the potential and the constraints of the sloping site, preserving sufficiently spacious entrances for efficient use.
The ground level channels the flow of external visitors. The first floor accommodates outpatients and the mother-and-baby unit. The second groups life support and cardiology. The third is a modular floor with 90 beds. The audacity of a cantilevering volume, the horizontality of the lines, the careful choice of materials and detailing, and the rosy tint that reflects the Vosges landscape, all come together to give the building a rigorous coherence and powerful identity.