Seven notes on the program and design of healthcare buildings’ rehabilitation





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


One of the characteristics of the 20th century heritage hospital is the permanent remodeling of its spaces, a sign of the frequent changes in clinical practices which, in turn, bring about functional, construction and spatial changes. This characteristic, due to the functional prevalence of health facilities, generates forms of environmental and territorial consumerism. Contrary to any conservation or crystallizing idea of the heritage hospital, this present reflection seeks to find the aspects of this heritage that may be preserved in the remodeling processes, informed by the recent trends in the design of healthcare facilities, which ultimately constitute opportunities for their rehabilitation, reuse or restoration.

How to Cite

Providência, P. (2021). Seven notes on the program and design of healthcare buildings’ rehabilitation. Docomomo Journal, (62), 68–75.







Author Biography

Paulo Providência, University of Porto

(Portugal, 1962) Educated as an architect in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, and PhD at the University of Coimbra (UC). Associate Professor – Department of Architecture, UC, researcher – Centro de Estudos Sociais (Center for Social Studies), UC. Published A Cabana do Higienista, DARQ-UC 2000; Leprosaria Nacional, Dafne, 2013. Participant in the research project CuCa_RE / Cure and Care_ Rehabilitation.


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