Progettisti Associati Tecnarc completes new general hospital centered around a glazed arcade
The design process for the new Giovanni XXIII Hospital started with an international design competition won in the year 2000, with construction completed in October 2011. The design for the 1,000 bed hospital addressed the key elements of the brief with a simple but efficient scheme: a central diagnosis and treatment 3 storeys block and an external ring of seven ward towers and out-patient areas that allow fast connections within each department. The access areas, the ward towers, the out-patient departments, and the central treatment area are connected by an internal glazed arcade, the 'Hospital Street', treated as a public area.
The building lies harmoniously in the surrounding landscape, characterised by a wide green belt and cycling paths. The commitment required to designers and site engineers was wide and complex, since it ranged from geological and archaeological site surveys to design development, biomedical technology and furniture planning, supervision of works and training of personnel. As the area given was known for its large amount of groundwater and for the low soil's bearing capacity, the designers chose the gravel columns injecting technology as a strategy for soil consolidation, avoiding removal of any natural material. All vertical and horizontal foundations are waterproof.
The use of warm and soft tones of finishing materials, the design of wide lounge areas, large windows in the patient rooms and the solar shading system, both on the vertical and horizontal glass units, grant comfort for patients and staff. An overall climatic wellness is achieved with radiant heating and cooling ceiling panels in the ward rooms and under floor panels in the Hospital Street. Wayfinding is achieved with transparency, natural lighting, differentiated colours of pavement and coating and signing.