The urban role, architecture of silence
The large building complex of the Policlinico rises from Via Sforza and Via della Commenda up to Piazza dell’Umanitaria. It is an uninterrupted series of building aggregations that have over time increased the influence of the hospital area on the city. On this square the development of the Hospital is completed and the building that will host the Morgue and the central logistics is the end of this long building route.
The end of the race, the end of life, the passage.
The project assumes the representation of the funeral function looking for simplicity and linearity in the forms, the frankness and solidity of the materials, the society and at the same time austerity of a building that has a strong civil and urban component.
In this case the morgue is not, as often happens, understood and almost hidden inside the hospital complex.
The building assumes the role of “secular church” in which even the farewell functions are part of the social and civil life of the city, as well as extremely integrated and seamless with the urban territory is the entire complex of the Polyclinic.
The compact white, stone-clad volume overlooks the Piazza dell’Umanitaria, concluding its fourth side, creating the background of the majestic trees that characterize it.
On the opposite side of the humanitarian square, the building approaches the Cesarina-Riva pavilion, creating a long internal courtyard, a protected place for the waiting people. The space is a small secret garden in which a long pool of water is marked by the presence of groups of vegetation.
Project title: Policlinico di Milano Renovation
Area: 7000 mq SLP
Architectural design: Camillo Botticini in RTP Giulia De Appolonia, C+S Associati, TECHINT compagnia tecnica internazionale spa. Capogruppo: Boeri
Collaborators: Alessandro Alberti, Andrea Guarneri, Diana Ledo
Sstructural engineering: Studio Ingegneria Lazzari
Client: Fondazione Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena di Milano