Hospital roof to become an 'enchanted valley' for admitted children

The plan for the new space at the Hospital Materno Infantil in Malaga.
The plan for the new space at the Hospital Materno Infantil in Malaga. / SUR
  • The Malaga creation is part of the 'El jardín de mi hospi' project to recover the disused spaces so that young patients can play outdoors

The north roof of the Materno Infantil Hospital in Malaga is set to become become an 'enchanted valley', a fairy tale space to play, dream or rest for young patients.

The 'El jardín de mi hospi' project is the brainwave of Juegaterapia Foundation and will allow admitted children and their families to enjoy the open air.

The initiative involves recovering the disused rooftops of hospitals and turning them into gardens and child-friendly spaces so that the young patients can play safely outdoors.

The national Juegaterapia Foundation has already built such spaces at hospitals in La Paz, Madrid and another in La Fe de Valencia.

In Malaga, the project consists of the construction of a kindergarten on the north terrace of the maternity and children's hospital, as well as the adaptation of the existing facilities. Existing spaces will be reformed and the school classroom and the toy library will be redesigned, all of them located on the seventh floor of the hospital.

The manager of the Malaga Regional Hospital, María del Mar Vázquez, has thanked the Juegaterapia Foundation for choosing the Materno Infantil Hospital to carry out this project, “since it will make it more versatile, universal, accessible and dynamic space. It will make this unit a friendlier place that will undoubtedly help in the recovery of admitted children.”

Monica Esteban, president and founder of Juegaterapia, said: “Once again, we start with a dream, which we know will come true. There is nothing more wonderful than making a sick child happy.”

Funding for the project will come from businesses, schools and individuals. The design will be carried out by the architecture studio 100Architects.