Borgo Trento Hospital is of general importance for northern Italy. The new block now completed in the first phase has nine storeys overall, and is in the centre of the century-old hospital site.
Borgo Trento Hospital is of general importance for northern Italy. It is a pilot project by the Italian Ministry of Health, involving a thorough update and modernization of a large working inner-city hospital while keeping all hospital functions running throughout the construction period.
Located by the River Adige in north Verona close to the city centre, the hospital is getting a new multifunctional, compact complex of buildings accommodating various medical and general functions. These include surgery, intensive care, wards, operation theatres, Accidents & Emergencies (A&E), clinics and outpatients’ department, and radiology, plus public areas (shops, catering etc.).
The new block now completed in the first phase has nine storeys overall, and is in the centre of the century-old hospital site. The existing buildings in this area were demolished, and their functions—previously distributed over a motley of individual conversions and additional buildings—have been integrated in the new buildings. This enables the operation of the hospital to be restructured for future needs, and considerably improves operations functionally and drives down costs (shorter transits, better care, maintenance, etc.).
The second phase will see vital functional areas such as laboratories and analysis installed in the Piastra, a two-storey building below ground level, lit by natural daylight by means of sunken garden courtyards. Putting these facilities below ground, in combination with the compactness of the high-rise block, frees up space for a new landscaped, park-like area called the Great Garden.
As a key design feature, the Great Garden in the centre of the hospital site establishes a buffer zone between old and new. More importantly, it provides a large, high-quality park area enhanced by architectural features (pergola, fountains, steps, ramps, bridges etc.), where visitors and patients can relax in the open air.
The new buildings at Borgo Trento consist basically of four components:
Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners with Studio Altieri
Design Volkwin Marg and Studio Altieri
Partner firm cfk architetti, Clemens Kusch, Martin Weigert
Project management Robert Friedrichs, Arne Starke (to 2007)
Design staff Regine Glaser, Jens Jackowski, Ina Hartig
Construction staff Regine Glaser, Jens Jackowski, Ina Hartig
from 2007 Inga Cassens, Alessia Spezzano, Anna Falkenbach, Bernd Kottsieper
General contractor Bonatti s.p.a.
Planning commenced January 2001
GFA 96,300 m²
Construction 2005–2010 (Phase 1)