A visionary addition to the scenic town of Agordo in Italy, blending architectural innovation with a deep respect for the community’s heritage. Nestled amidst the breathtaking Dolomites, this hospital honors Agordo’s cultural heritage through its incorporation of traditional Italian design elements. The facility prioritizes sustainability, offering green spaces and panoramic views, creating a therapeutic environment for patients. With a commitment to efficiency and patient comfort, hospital stands as a symbol of progress while respecting the town’s unique identity.

Program: Feasibility study, renovation of existing departments, demolition and design project for the new hospital in Agordo
Location: Agordo(BL), Italy
Client: USL1, Belluno, Polo Ospedaliero di Agordo
Assignment: ATENASTUDIO + Areatecnica
Schedule: June 2015
Status: Feasibility Study
Built Area: New building 2100 sqm ; renovation and new layout for existing buildings 6000 sqm

In its current configuration, the Agordo hospital facility is manifested as an addition of buildings in non-homogeneous diversified positions and secondary routes connecting the various parts; these additions have been stratified over time and to date manifests all the limitations derived from a general lack of planning and design, this determines that the functioning of the hospital is sometimes unrational and uneconomical.

The main building presents its own architectural formal identity, attributable to a domestic mountain language, and a clear functional intelligence, presenting the main façade facing South, and therefore towards the Agordino landscape, and the three arms of the departments arranged North-South and therefore with excellent East-West exposure and good permeability for natural ventilation. The new building is configured as a horizontal plate, of 1-2 floors, low, unobtrusive and non-invasive, with two patios, one of which is open on the forecourt, which allow natural daylighting and ventilation for each space.

The language of the new architecture is fully integrated with that of the existing building, which indeed acquires new value and identity by configuring itself with an architectural background role. The use of local, warm, recognizable materials amplifies a design approach focused on communication and constantly referring to the human scale. The green system is articulated, no longer marginal and residual, but a driving force in the design of open spaces in front of the new hospital and a multi-level protagonist: in the outdoor parterre, in the patios penetrating the building, on the roof garden covering the new forepart. In every aspect, both general and detailed, the capacity and therapeutic potential linked to well-being has been sought and pursued: sight, light, air, comfort, ergonomics, health.


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