CORE hospital – Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Enzian Tower – Bolzen
4 May 2019
Banque Générale du Luxembourg
4 May 2019

ASMN Azienda Ospedaliera di Reggio Emilia


Binini Partners srl


Binini Partners srl, Reggio Emilia

Facade builder:

Teleya, Calerno (RE)

“CORE” born from the need to guarantee the spaces and the services to oncological and haematological patients, but also for the Research and the Applied Clinical. The building, with its towers of the connections in the corners, fits organically in the existing Hospital’s paths and it has a very free plan on each level.
At the basement, there are the Formation and the services; at the ground floor, there are the entrance, the hot-room and the Endoscopic Department; at the first floor, there are the integrated policlinics; at the second floor, there are the oncological and haematological rooms for the in-patients, and the BCM; at the third floor, there is the surgery for cancer; at the fourth floor, there are the laboratories and the antimitotic centre; under the covering, there is the technical compartment with the solar roof.
This is a new type of model used for an hospital, with large continuous facades and tunnels which regulate the light in each lived space. There are open spaces, where the work of the staff is organised, closely integrated with the patients’ spaces, who have privacy, comfort and humanisation.
The external envelope of CORE, uses 2 different systems for the buffering, alternating on the prospectus in variable proportions (according to the several uses of the internal spaces).
The spaces for the living and the work, are protected by continuous glazing facades realized with the Shuco facades systems. They have openable inserts in the “reversed shutter” mode, in very big dimensions and elevated loads that have required the use of a manoeuvring system with micro-adjustment. There also are profiles in extruded aluminium in thermal-cutting and stratified insulating glasses low emissive. The shielding is realized by the external, adjustable, full-length venetian blinds, alternated in opaque modules in enamelled glass, with an internal layer in panels of insulated sheet. At the ground floor, the façade is a little bit back than in the other floors.

The staircases into the cores, positioned at the 4 building’s summits, are coated with a curtain wall in facing bricks, which are as a counterpoint for the continuous lightest facades, creating a sort of reminder to the material treatment of the prospectus, which characterizes all the existing hospital.
The building’s “crowing” is based on metallic structures: moreover the overhanging grid (which shadows the top level), the covering’s technical plants are shielded by a wall in copper strips, attached to a steel structure, with also the function of removing the acoustic emissions.
The building is divided in 2 different corps. They are united, in mid-air, by a shock-transmitter system: dynamic devices which follow the slow movement (for the thermal dilatations), and which can stiffen up under rapid seismic movements, solidifying the structure.
The shock-transmitters operate in an unidirectional way, so they are paired with the cutting connectors that bind the system in an orthogonal direction.
Fausto Cattivelli Engineer has conducted the assistance activities for the facades’ engineering, during the executive project, he also has supported the Works Supervision and, finally, he has coordinated the laboratory tests and proves, according to the CE mark of Teleya producer.