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IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital in Milan

9 May 2022

Design: MC A – Mario Cucinella Architects

Location: Milan, Italy

IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital Milan

Photos: Duccio Malagamba

IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital, Italy

With a total of 14,000 square metres of supply, Laminam plays a major role in the architectural structure of the new Surgical Center and ER of the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, designed by MC A – Mario Cucinella Architects.

Leaving apart the pattern of horizontal squares to rise in height, the new building was created as an extension in the heart of the existing hospital and owes its design character to a strong focus on people and the environment, which translates into the choice of solutions that are both sustainable and architecturally beautiful and distinctive.

Hence the decision by the renowned MC A design studio to use large Laminam slabs to clad its impressive façade.
Installed in the Bianco Assoluto finish, a classic and timeless shade in the Collection range, ceramic surfaces act as true full-height blades which, in addition to contributing to a tight scanning of the elevations, perform a dual bioclimatic function.

Thanks to the shadows cast on the glazing, these sunshades contribute to the reduction of thermal loads caused by solar radiation, reducing the energy requirements for air conditioning of the interior spaces and increasing the amount of natural light diffused into the rooms through reflection.

IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital Milan

With a view to architecture that can not only have zero impact on the surrounding environment, but even make a positive contribution, Ambience, Laminam’s bioactive treatment, has been applied to the slabs. Thanks to a combination of titanium dioxide and collateral particles, Ambience-treated slabs activate a natural process in contact with light (sunlight and artificial light also) that transforms organic pollutants (VOC, SOV) in the air into substances that are harmless to the environment and human health.

In short, a special catalytic coating that makes the slabs themselves into traps for polluting particles in the atmosphere, which are inerted by the combination of Ambience and the sun’s rays and then washed away by atmospheric precipitation. The same material also plays a further active role against NOx in the atmosphere by transforming them into harmless substances and thus preventing the natural build-up of ozone.

“The new Surgical Center and ER of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan is undoubtedly one of the projects that best expresses the firm’s commitment to sustainability, and its iconic façade symbolizes,” explains Mario Cucinella, founder of Mario Cucinella Architects. “Beauty, in architecture, must be able to speak. But there is also beauty where it is not seen, beneath the surface, in the new materials that are now an active part of creation.

If we look at the current situation we have to admit that buildings are not designed according to the principles of adaptation and optimisation of existing resources, but respond to other demands: finance, speed, cost, performance completely dependent on machines and not on the environment. This is the highest price we pay in environmental terms. This leads me to reflect on the use of materials that can perform a function independently of external energy: so-called active materials.

The cladding of San Raffaele’s new Surgical Center and ER, the white “skin” of the iceberg, is not a formalist gimmick but a system of state-of-the-art anti-smog ceramic blades. It is a material that reduces air pollution and has antibacterial functions. The quality of the space, the external space, the internal space of the hospital, the colours, the way the rooms are designed, the common areas, all aim to give people their own dignity, to reassure them, and this is how we can talk about architecture: it is a form of treatment”.

IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy – Building Information

The façade is also cladded with Laminam ceramic tiles in the Emperador Grigio Spazzolato shade, from the I Naturali collection.

Project title: I.R.C.C.S. San Raffaele Hospital | New Surgical Center and ER
Place: Milan (Italy)
Year: 2021
Used product: Bianco Assoluto – Collection ( // Emperador Grigio Spazzolato
Slab thickness: Laminam 3+ / Laminam 5+
Ambience bioactive treatments

Project: MC A – Mario Cucinella Architects –
Team: Mario Cucinella, Marco Dell’Agli Valletti, Giulio Desiderio, Michele Olivieri, Emanuele Dionigi, Martina Buccitti, Laura Mancini; Alberto Menozzi, Giuseppe Perrone, Matteo Donini, Lello Fulginiti, Daniele Basso. Bioclimatic design: Andrea Rossi. Models: Yuri Costantini, Ambra Cicognani, Andrea Genovesi. Competition: Eurind Caka, Stefano Bastia

Team: Façade application: AZA Corporation

Photos: Duccio Malagamba

IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital, Milan images / information received 090522

Location: Milan, Italy

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