San Raffaele

IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital - the new surgical center and ER for the hospital in Milan

The San Raffaele Hospital is a model of European excellence.  Linked with a University (Università Vita – Salute San Raffaele), it combines scientific research (data) with training. This center of excellence in medical training and treatment will be expanded with the building of a new block in the heart of the hospital complex.

The new building will be composed of two major structures, which complement each other architecturally as well as functionally. There will be the technical services department, which contains essential hospital services (such as surgery, intensive care, and emergency rooms), and a tower, which houses patient wards, medical offices, and clinics. Both buildings are a response to a growing demand for health services on an international level. 

The layout of the new surgery and emergency unit is characterized by optimal functionality, a carefully thought-out organization of vertical and horizontal connecting spaces, and the maximum exploitation of natural lighting for the underground passages connecting the tower with the rest of the hospital. 

The curved façades adapt well to the already densely built-up surroundings. The corners inside serve as reception areas, with lounges and informal meeting points. Atop of the technical services building is a large garden, available to the whole hospital complex.

These characteristics make of the two new buildings a highly functional node around which the life of this incredible machine, The San Raffaele Hospital, can organize itself.  


Location: Milan, Italy

Year: 2015 – on going project

Type: Architectural competition – winner project

Client: IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele

Surface: 24.730 sqm

Project: Mario Cucinella Architects


Mario Cucinella, Marco Dell’Agli, Giulio Desiderio, Michele Olivieri


Matteo Donini, Martina Buccitti, Emanuele Dionigi, Alberto Menozzi, Giuseppe Perrone, Lello Fulginiti, Daniele Basso

Concorso: Eurind Caka, Stefano Bastia.

Modelli: Yuri Costantini, Ambra Cicognani, Andrea Genovesi.

Managemaent: Giulia Floriani, Eugenio Roncacci.

Rendering:  Engram Studio, Paris Render

Hospital Layout Planning: InAr Ingegneria Architettura

Structures: Ballardini Studio di Ingegnaria

M&E Engineering: Deerns Italia SpA

Fire Security: Ranieri Studio Tecnico Associato