Multisensory Architecture and the New Frontiers of Health Design In our last article we told you about the flagship innovative project we are working on,
A new project combining eco- sustainability and hi-tech
Is it possible to combine eco-sustainability and technological innovation?
We believe so, provided that technology is not conceived as an end in itself, but rather as a service to people and their well-being. With this in mind, we are very keen on the new project we are developing in the socio-medical field, a sector that has been particularly affected by the pandemic and therefore needs more help and support, especially at this time.
The development of the first total green multifunctional social health facility
The structure will be built in the Apennines in Emilia (the exact location will be announced shortly). We are very attached to this project, because we hope it will be a model to be spread and replicated to promote the new frontier of “Green Hospitals”. It will be an avant-garde structure in Italy, because it will combine bio-architecture, respect for the environment and sustainability with the most advanced technologies, both in the building and health sectors.
The aim is to build a place of care that can be super-efficient and at the same time on a human scale, in a structure in the green that vibrates in harmony with the beauty of the surrounding environment and helps to enhance it.
For the enhancement of the area, in support of the local community
The structure is meant to fill the gaps in a mountainous area lacking adequate facilities, that is essential medical assistance and related services. In this way, we hope to contribute to the protection and repopulation of rural mountain areas, which are at the moment inhabited mainly by the elderly and therefore risk succumbing to increasing urbanisation. In order to safeguard the landscape environment in which it will be located and to ensure beauty and wellbeing, we have designed the building having in mind a symbiotic relationship between man and
nature. Another feature of the project, which also makes it unprecedented in its field, will be its multifunctionality, in order to meet the diversified social and health needs of the area and local community.
The richness of multifunctionality in a total green structure
The facility will house 75 beds, which will be dedicated to psychiatric patients and elderly users, independent or semi-autonomous. We have studied a careful articulation of spaces to meet the different needs of the various categories of users, within a building that will live in interpenetration with the surrounding landscape, with internal and external green paths. The connection between the central nucleus and the 4 large pavilions that make up the structure, will be through “filter areas” that will allow healthy and safe environments. In order to optimise the available space and environments, the basement of the structure will be reserved for all the services supporting users and medical staff. It will also be able to assist the local population and civil protection in case of emergency conditions. Inspired by the principles of meta-design, the building will have a multifunctional use, allowing for maximum flexibility and resilience.
The multifunctionality will be achieved through Zep, the Zero Epidemic Point , the first 100% ecological, antibacterial and metatemporary sanitary prefabricated building, which we designed to cope with the pandemic crisis and which has already been applied with excellent
results. With only natural materials, all of Italian origin and 100% recyclable, Zep guarantees ease of assembly and reversibility according to need, while maintaining the stability and comfort typical of traditional construction.
It also makes use of the most advanced technologies, thus combining efficiency with safety, ecology and environmental sustainability.
The most advanced technologies at the service of the individual
The innovative character of the structure also lies in its prerogative to offer the local population a highly qualified social and health care service, through sophisticated technology placed at the service of the person. The individual will not be at the mercy of an artificial and alienating technology, but the technology will be used to serve the individual user and the community. In this perspective, telemedicine services will be used without risking dehumanisation, but only for the purpose of assisting people in emergency conditions, and in any case always to supplement and never replace the human doctor-patient relationship and direct assistance. The result is a technologically advanced project that goes against the trend of rampant transhumanism. With an ecological vision applied at all levels, not just a simple eco-sustainable operation on the surface, we can aim for certification in accordance with the highest international standards to obtain GREEN
Hospital status. The green revolution that we are promoting in the health sector is part of the global process of ecological reconversion that we are also pursuing in the residential and hospital sectors.
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