To blend in with the surrounding
park, the first two floors are partially
underground. Only the third floor,
which features a green roof that uses
an array of daylighting strategies, is
completely aboveground. The levels
are tapered and staggered to create
overhangs with large terraces.
Sculptors, illustrators, painters,
video artists, photographers, and
graphic designers—all working pro
bono under the coordination of
Andrea Rauch and the MeyerArt
Foundation—created a rich and often
site-specific program of public art.
For way-finding purposes, each floor
is color-coded: the outpatient level is
blue, the ward (or inpatient) level is
orange, and the intensive-care and
surgical block is apple green.
Two architectural firms
bring their unique cultural
perspectives to bear on a
hospital quietly tucked into
the Tuscan landscape.
The patient rooms use a modular
universal-design concept that allows
the hospital to make changes in
easy, cost-effective ways. They all
include a sofa bed, so a parent can
be with the child at all times. The
beds expand and contract to accommodate different age groups.
Top left and bottom left photos, Alessandro Ciampi/courtesy CSPE; art photo,
courtesy Beth Dickstein; patients room photo, courtesy CSPE; section drawing,
courtesy CSPE in association with Anshen + Allen