Support to the San Giovanni Battista Hospital

Project location: ITALY, Rome
Project start date: September 2004 - Project end date: This project covers various years
Project number: 2004-22
Beneficiary: ACISMOM

[2004-22] [2004-30] [2005-40]

Multipurpose tensile structure for the S.Giovanni Battista Hospital of Rome


Before carrying out this project, the Roman hospital specialized in neuro rehabilitation San Giovanni Battista of the Order of Malta did not have a church for religious celebrations, despite being a Catholic hospital.
Also, because the hospital is home to long-stay patients with an average residence time of 60 days, the hospital's staff had long expressed the need for a common area to allow patients of rehabilitation to socialize and be envolved in recreational activities, to spend pleasantly the long days in the hospital.

In 2004 the Association of the Italian Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (ACISMOM) asked the Nando Peretti Foundation a donation for the construction of a tensile structure, to be placed in the garden in front of San Giovanni Battista Hospital. The tensile structure has been designed to have multiple functions, such as serving as a church for religious celebrations, as a common area for the use of the hospital patients for leisure activities like film screenings, theater etc. and finally as a conference room to allow the hospital to organize scientific meetings.
The tensile structure has been designed with an octagonal base and a double arch crossed shape, to represent the Cross of Malta (also known as Cross of St. John). It has a base area of 430 square meters and a capacity of 346 seats, 36 of which are for the disabled.

The project included white walls and transparent windows made of PVC, with an emergency exit and a tunnel 11 meters long to connect the tensile structureto the main building.
In addition, the project included the provision of an air conditioning system, also funded by the Nando Peretti Foundation, with an air exchange system to enable a better enjoyment of the environment during both summer and winter months.

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