In order to find the best design for a signature, high-profile healthcare facility in Lima, Peru, Grupo Salud staged an international design competition. The client wished to make a statement about the cutting-edge healthcare they would be bringing to both their community and international patients, as the facility would also cater to the growing trend of medical tourism.
GS&P's competition-winning design for Clinica Delgado drew direct inspiration from the massive rock outcroppings flanking the 15th century Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. The designers translated these primal forms into a dynamically faceted glass skin, upwardly angled cantilevers floating over the site, and the shard-like “prow” that reinforces the sense of buoyancy while defining the street corner. Vegetated roof gardens and living walls echo techniques used by pre-Columbian builders while also recalling the ruins’ plant-covered stone formations. In addition to natural stone, native mahogany and cedar add warmth to the interior spaces.
A taller hospital tower — ten stories above-grade — contains 144 beds for inpatient functions. The lower structure houses the outpatient component and provides medical offices to support 200 doctors. Between the two segments is the entrance into the main lobby with reception, connected by a central four-story atrium. Parking for 900 cars and back-of-house services exist five levels below grade, including storage, a staff cafeteria, labs and the cancer treatment center.
The iconic structure will become a focus for the surrounding neighborhoods and a symbolic landmark for medical progress in the region.