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Il Sole 24 Ore publishes an article by Alexis Paparo titled “Multifunctional and Biodiverse: The New Models of Urban Greenery,” citing the project of the new Milan Policlinico hospital by Boeri Studio, along with Techint S.p.A and LAND, for the green areas project, as a new “important green lung” for the city.

The intervention area is located next to the historic Ca’ Granda structure: the first Hospital in Milan, founded in 1456 by Francesco Sforza and currently home to the State University. While preserving part of the original pavilion structure, the new Policlinico hospital project introduces a large “container” in the central area of the site, the Central Building, which integrates medical/surgical and mother/child departments. On its roof, the project’s defining element is planned: a lush rooftop garden of over 7,000 square meters, initially reserved for patients and staff of various departments, but which may be opened to the public for special events, recreational, and therapeutic purposes in the future.

The space will be accessible both from the city, on certain occasions, and from the hospital community (patients and healthcare workers) and will host play areas for long-term pediatric patients, educational spaces, pet therapy, a small music arena, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, and physiotherapy paths. Developed with the support of agronomist Laura Gatti, it is structured as a succession of circular gardens, designed to offer well-being and care through the colors of nature, and enclosed by a perimeter border of evergreen species attractive to birdlife. The chosen greenery is hypoallergenic and includes plants such as lemon balm, valerian, and other essences used in hospital activities and pharmacopeia.

The article also mentions the project for the redevelopment of the Aler Houses in Monza by Stefano Boeri Architetti, where energy efficiency and social well-being merge in a project that introduces a system of balconies, green facades, and distributed social spaces, as well as large photovoltaic surfaces, which will give rise to an energy community.

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