The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) has presented their preliminary design approaches for three hospitals in Greece. Part of a €200 million ($240 million) healthcare initiative launched by the Greek government, RPBW will produce designs for a General Hospital of Kromotini, a Children’s Hospital in Thessaloniki, and the Evangelismos Hospital in Athens which will also form part of the University’s Faculty of Nursing.
The three schemes are united by a “people-centric” approach, with each project seeking to integrate into their natural environments with an emphasis on natural light. The projects will follow the design ethos of the Stavros Niarchos Foundational Cultural Center by RPBW, completed in 2016.
The three healthcare projects form part of a wider initiative part-financed by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), which will see the creation of seven projects to support the Greek healthcare sector. The RPBW designs were unveiled at a meeting attended by Renzo Piano, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, SNF co-president Andreas Dracopoulos, and John Hopkins University president Ronald Daniels.
It is always a great privilege and also a great responsibility to design hospitals. This specific project for the Greek Health System, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, is of utmost importance and it is part of my ambition, as an architect, to design for medical science and for a humanistic vision of our society.
-Renzo Piano, Founder, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Throughout the process, RPBW will work in collaboration with several firms, including Llewelyn Davis, Betaplan, and landscape architects Helli Pangalou.
News via: Stavros Niarchos Foundation