The hospital in the city. Intervention on a pavilion hospital: the Santissima Trinità in Cagliari


The thesis purposes a prototype of an architectural and urban intervention on the Santissima Trinità Hospital, which relates it to the city through the mix of collective, permeable spaces. It is an existing pavilion hospital, built with the function of a barrack in the beginning of the 20th century and later transformed, located in the popular district of Is Mirrionis, in Cagliari. It occupies a strategic position in the city and it has accelerated urban, economic and social periphery development but it has various spatial of organization, distribution and obsolescence problems due to the lack of forward-looking administration and with regards to a merely typological issue: the pavilions are not connected to each other and they don’t have the right flexibility for the medical activities.

1_The project construction starts from the ground: the sloped plot is shaped by flat roofs which are different in height and are connected by a network of shallow ramps and stairs.
2_A mat-building (4,5 meters high) overlies on existing buildings, incorporating the pavilions' ground floor.
3_The top is a green roof, that following the topography, creates a new landscape within the city.
4_Rectangular courtyards link the new volume with the existing compound and other ones, with different sizes, order and illuminate the inner spaces.
5_The activities are organized not by wards but by Departments: functional areas organized for contiguity and for level of assistance (maximum, high, low, day hospital and day surgery) to encourage teamwork and a better management of the resources available. The administration and the general services are located on the ground floor, the level of connection with the city, while the hospitalization, separated by assistance levels, is situated on the upper floors.

Degree Thesis