High up the slopes yet in the centre of the town, the hospital complex looks over the Bay of Cannes like a ship moored on top of the hill. Access is made by a walkway running beneath a large continuous pergola along the main facade to indicate the different entrances (main entrance, A&E, maternity, etc.) and edged by a majestic row of palm trees, fully enforcing the analogy with Cannes’ La Croisette seafront promenade.
On the upper floor, above the rectangular base housing general medicine, the building separates into two parts to accommodate at its centre a surprisingly peaceful terrace, decked in teak and evoking the upper deck of a cruise ship. This is a place for patients and their visitors to relax, both open to the sky and closed to the agitation of circulation.
On the facade, white slatted shutters come one after another, forming a broken line across windows and walls. Reference to the slatted shutters of paintings by Matisse, they give the rooms a soft, domestic light, ensuring against solar gain. Each level is delimited by floor edges standing slightly proud, playing with the rhythm of windows and the shadows they cast.
Marc Chassin, Vincent Marchand (competition project managers), Philippe Vasseur assisted by Isabelle Redon (studies project manager), Philippe Vasseur assisted by Nicolas Constantin (construction project managers) and Frédéric Alligorides, Éric Bartolo, Eduardo Bonamin, Arnaud Bruyelle, Marc Chassin, Julie Doubesky, Ulisse Gnesda, David Hingamp, Margit Jahn, Jacques Lévy-Bencheton, Jean-Christophe Louis, Vincent Mégrot, Anissa Mérot, Maria Moldoveanu, Erik Mootz, Carin Nilsson-Demay, Maria-So De Noronha, Camille Nourrit, Céline Perrin, Lionel Renouf, Mounia Saïah, Marie-Hélène Torcq, Isabelle Vasseur, Anissa Ybert