Geneva to Napoli: Firenze Event
The Meyer Children’s Hospital, Florence, leads the way with healthy hospital design. "This 150-bed
children’s hospital was designed to create a healing environment for patients and landscape alike. The hospital is airy and
bright with high ceilings and lots of open space, which creates a
serene, peaceful setting for young patients and their families.
The facility was built into a sloping hill so it causes less disruption to the surrounding environment. It features a greenhouse,
landscaped roofs, skylights, open “buffer” space, and an energy efficient hybrid ventilation system. To monitor and conserve
energy, the hospital design also includes a “building energy
management system” and light tubes that create natural light
throughout the building. The hospital consumes 35% less energy for heating and cooling, and 36% less electricity than a standard newly-built Italian hospital."