District Hospital and Hospice

Place Cividale
Country Italy
Client Azienda Servizi Sanitari Medio Friuli N.4
Team Politecnica Ingegneria e Architettura
Assignment definitive, detailed design phases, health and safety coordination in the design and construction phases, site supervision
Dates of services 2004 - 2007
Dates of construction 2007 - 2013
Project area 58.000 m2
Building footprint 7.000 m2

The Project

“S. Maria dei Battuti” Hospital is built on an area located to the north-east of the town, Cividale del Friuli, on the left bank of the Natisone River.

The main buildings making up the hospital are identified as “Centrale” (Central) and “di Levante” (eastern). The buildings are connected to each other by an above-ground pedestrian walk-way and a tunnel. The complex as a whole is completed by a number of independent service buildings.

The design involved the demolition of the old eastern pavilion and the construction of a new building encompassing the two essential departments, district health services consisting of surgeries, administrative offices and a dialysis ward with 15 beds, and the hospice containing the new Palliative Care centre with 10 bed spaces.

The design thus envisaged the construction of a multi-story building divided, in a functional point of view, in two parts, one being three floors and the other, an irregularly shaped construction, made up of a single-storey building, representing the district hospital and the hospice respectively.

The irregular shape of the building is not simply derived from formal considerations, but is rather the result of a careful functional study of the spaces surrounding it. Firstly, the distribution of the perimeter road of the old building has been left undisturbed, avoiding the elimination of the two accesses from via Capraria and avoiding the further reduction of the green spaces in the area of the works, significantly limiting the need for tree-felling.