The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) has spearheaded a new national ‘Health Initiative’ which includes three new hospitals designed to deliver quality medical care to underserved areas around Greece. The new hospitals - the SNF General Hospital of Komotini, the SNF University Pediatric Hospital of Thessaloniki and the SNF General Hospital of Sparta - will collectively elevate inpatient and outpatient, pediatric and emergency services and establish a new standard in Greek public healthcare.
We are providing façade engineering to Renzo Piano Building Workshop for all three hospitals, the last of which is scheduled to open by 2025.
- Although there are some differences in scale, the three hospitals consist of two main volumes of multiple storeys above ground level, with basement facilities and a central lobby area.
- The main facade typology, which is placed in front of the patient rooms, consist of a timber studs system with external rain screen timber cladding and window areas with interstitial blinds and external horizontal shading elements.
- The other locations are a combination of solid rendered walls, curtain wall stick system with aluminum or steel mullions and transoms according to the requirements of the Architect.
- The facade engineering design is following the local and European standards for healthcare projects and consider the criteria for fire classification, seismic conditions and hygiene requirements.
- The selection of timber as the structural frame material allows for a lighter building that responds well to seismic loads, reducing displacements and enabling façade joints to be minimally sized.
- The design meets the structural and thermal performance criteria, and aims to be easily maintained and repeated for future hospital construction in other locations in Greece.