PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Healthcare Architecture
Firm LocationStrasbourg, France
CompanyS&AA - Patrick Schweitzer et Associés
Lead ArchitectPatrick Schweitzer
Design TeamArchitecte mandataire : S&AA / Architecte associé : Rey Lucquet / Entreprise Général : Eiffage Construction / BET : OTE / BET HQE : OTELIO / BE Paysagiste : Acte 2 paysage
ClientCentre hospitalier d’Erstein

The inspiration for the form of this building is the caterpillar that turns into a butterfly, as psychotherapy very much involves being able to crawl before you can fly. This organic form integrates with the existing campus and the architecture plays with the landscape, with an undulating white façade that seems to flirt with the pavilions around it. Empty pockets allow the landscape and vegetation to enter the blocks. The idea was to surround the new hospital with greenery. The ground floor roofs are covered with plants, and flowerbeds keep pedestrians away from the façades.