Ospedale Zappatoni, Cassano d'Adda


Cassano d’Adda (MI), Italy


FERB (Fondazione Europea Ricerca Biomedica) Onlus for ASST Melegnano e Martesana




Technical and economic feasibility study, detailed and final proposals, safety coordination in the design phase, safety coordination in the execution phase


Friendly environment

Ospedale Zappatoni, Cassano d'Adda
Ospedale Zappatoni, Cassano d'Adda

Ospedale Zappatoni stands on an area partially laid out as a park with a prevalence of century-old trees located south of the residential area of Cassano D'Adda, not far from the Canale della Muzza, a branch of the Adda River. The original settlement, dating back to the early 1800s, was the residence of the benefactor Anastasio Zappatoni, who decided to donate it to the needy patients of Cassano d'Adda in order to build a hospital. Until the post-war period, the structure functioned as a military convalescent home and later became a local hospital. The hospital reform laws of 1978 turned it into a rehabilitation hospital.

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The recent interventions on the building added to the original structure included energy-efficiency works on the façade, as well as the complete redevelopment of the internal functions with the aim of rationalising flows, making spaces more flexible and improving comfort.
In addition to the general services and administrative areas, the works included the construction of a new hydrokinesitherapy department on the basement level, an area for complex outpatient macro-activities on the mezzanine floor, the adaptation and modernisation of the inpatient units on the first and second floor, and the new ward for Alzheimer’s patients with a protected garden on the third floor.


Project area:
4,500 sqm (building) | 1,200 sqm (green areas)
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Project date:
Date of construction:
€ 6.800.000


- Healing garden

The inpatient units have been equipped with large living rooms and gyms for functional rehabilitation in order to guarantee the necessary support spaces, avoiding transfers which could generate interference in the flows and expose the patients to the risk of accidents.
Green areas have become a decisive design element, especially when the particular fragility of patients in the Alzheimer's ward is concerned: the natural component has been specifically designed to support sensory stimulation and slow down the inevitable decline in cognitive and functional capacities through a guided pathway along which people with dementia can move freely and without danger.

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The protected therapeutic terrace, designed according to the most up-to-date criteria of eco-therapy and directly accessible from the living room by means of a short ramp, will give guests a greater sense of autonomy, safety and freedom. It will also encourage them to carry out useful, pleasant activities able to reduce behavioural disorders and the consequent pharmacological load. The plants have been chosen taking into account their specific ornamental characteristics throughout the year, and have been arranged in chromatic areas with the aim of creating micro-landscapes in which to pause, observe, and allow sensations to flow through.

Ospedale Zappatoni, Cassano d'Adda