San Raffaele Hospital
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SAN RAFFAELE HOSPITAL

Mario Cucinella Architects

AREA
40000 m²

CATEGORY
Hospital

LOCATION
Milan, Italy

PHOTOGRAPHS
Duccio Malagamba

GENERAL CONTRACTOR
Itinera Spa

MECHANICAL INSTALLATIONS
Bouygues E&s Intec Italia S.p.a.

STRUCTURAL DESIGN
Ballardini Studio Di Ingegnaria

LEAD ARCHITECT
Mario Cucinella

FACADES
Aza Corp Aghito Zambonini

YEAR
2021

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Euroimpianti S.p.a.

LEADING PROJECT ARCHITECT
Marco Dell’agli

DESIGN TEAM
Giulio Desiderio, Michele Olivieri, Emanuele Dionig, Martina Buccitti, Alberto Menozzi, Laura Mancini

MANUFACTURERS
Fiandre, Geze, Kone, Laminam, Iguzzini, Connecticut, Getinge Italia, Schuco,
Seberg, Sentire Aza, Siemens Spa, Sterchele Spa

An inherently humane response to designing an energy-conscious hospital environment.

San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba

San Raffaele Hospital is an internationally celebrated model for bringing together scientific research, teaching, and clinical activities to create a highly specialized emergency room (ER) in Milan and a pioneering 284-bed inpatient care facility of national importance in Italy.

The university hospital’s new 10-story building designed by Mario Cucinella Architects is part of a medical complex located on the edge of Milan city-centre.

San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba

Existing buildings date from the 1970s and 1980s and range greatly in their architecture.There was thus a need to create a more coherent urban realm for this densely built-up site.

The base of San Raffaele Hospital is built with earthen-colored tiles to create a podium that grounds the levels towering above.

San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba

It plays with daylight and illuminates beautifully at night through its harmonious glazed elevations that are rhythmically punctuated with ceramic fins over 5 stories.

Mario Cucinella Architects opted for a building that introduces a sense of calm with its white curtain-walled ethereal appearance.

San Raffaele Hospital
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San Raffaele Hospital
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San Raffaele Hospital
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San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba

This single-story base houses the ER – the largest in the country - as well as a surgical block with 20 operating theatres below ground level including two of the latest generation neurosurgery units.

The louvered facades of San Raffaele Hospital are a key consideration in reducing heat gains by diffusing the impact of direct sunlight.

San Raffaele Hospital
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San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba

The ceramic louvers vary in their depth in a way that responds to the path of the sun.

The ceramic has also been specially conceived to disintegrate smog particles and preserve heat, cutting energy consumption by 60%.

And although not immediately apparent to the eye some 60% of the elevations are, in fact, made up of opaque insulation panels that improve the energy performance of the building’s envelope.

San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
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The opaque part is made of back-painted glass with an insulating back.

The transparent parts have a screen print on top for privacy and shade.

San Raffaele has been nicknamed "Iceberg" for its perhaps cool appearance within a challenging site that is visually restless and hectic by its very nature.

San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba

The nickname or metaphor works well with the subtly organic shape of the new building.

Its gently curved sail-like elevations compress and expand to express how it fits into its surrounding urban landscape.

San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba

The welcoming and comfort of patients have been paramount in the way San Raffaele Hospital has been conceived as well as the efficiency and discreteness of its clinical operations.

As Mario Cucinella says, „We worked with the clear intention of creating a well-designed building that would greatly improve comfort.

A building that needed very little energy for heating, retaining heat, and generating little thermal gain required very little cooling.

San Raffaele’s new Surgical and Emergency Department is certainly one of the projects that best illustrate the studio’s commitment to sustainability. Its iconic facade is a clear symbol of this.”

San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba
San Raffaele Hospital
© Duccio Malagamba


San Raffaele Hospital
Site Plan

San Raffaele Hospital
Section


San Raffaele Hospital
Concept Sketch
San Raffaele Hospital
Concept Sketch


San Raffaele Hospital
South Elevation

San Raffaele Hospital
West Elevation


San Raffaele Hospital
Facade Detail

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