Emergency. Centro di Chirurgia Pediatrica

Emergency. Centro di Chirurgia Pediatrica

“When I met Gino Strada to talk about the project, he first said to me” I want to build a shockingly beautiful hospital!”.
We immediately got in tune, because I have always thought that ethics and aesthetics are two sides of the same coin.

The book tells the story of how the Center of Excellence in Pediatric Surgery was born.
Renzo Piano tells how the approach to sustainability was also used in the design choices, by applying the same construction principles of the traditional houses but in an innovative way.
The structure was in fact built by excavating earth and build the load-bearing walls in raw earth with the ancient pisé technique.
The hospital also has a system of approximately 2,500 photovoltaic panels on the roof, which will meet part of the energy needs. As in the other Emergency ‘s hospitals, there is also a garden with 350 trees: greenery is an important element for the recovery and healing of patients, as evidenced by recent international medical studies.

Like all monographs edited and published by the Renzo Piano Foundation, the volume was made by using unpublished material from the archives: sketches, models, construction documents, direct testimonies of the protagonists of this project.


Technical Information

Closed size:
28x28 cm

132 pages, printed in 4 colors + paint
Cover with double inside flap. 


ISBN code: 
9788862640244 Italian/English 

Volume edited by

Lia Piano

Conception and development

Lia Piano, Elena Spadavecchia

con Franco Origoni

With the participation of

Renzo Piano Building Workshop:

Giorgio Grandi
Stefania Canta

Antonio Porcile
Linda Zunino

Fondazione Renzo Piano:

Giovanna Giusto
Giovanna Langasco
Nicoletta Durante
Anna Sansa

Graphic design and layout

Origoni Steiner, Architetti Associati
Franco Origoni e Anna Steiner
Virginia Serrazanetti
Eleonora Maggioni
Carlotta Origoni


Richard Sadleir


Grafiche Antiga


Renzo Piano Foundation