The Hospital is located in a plot owned by the Greek Red Cross, where in 21.5.1995 the demolition of a multistorey concrete structure took place in an instant and pioneering method, at least for the Greek reality of the time.

Later on this 420 bed general hospital was built on the site, including nursing departments of pathology, neurosurgery and other relative specializations.

The main concept of the design was to create a human friendly building. Its overall architectural composition is distinguished by the cross like shape of the four nursing ward floors (a clear reference to the Red Cross emblem). These are located above an intervening floor that contains the electromechanical installations and a base formed by three floors above ground and two underground containing diagnostic, treatment and auxiliary functions.

The rather large volume of the building is broken to a synthesis of smaller ones by the insertion of voids, and this creates a friendly and familiar environment for the user.

The various departments are arranged in a radial layout, while the corridors follow the axes of the cross and the ring around the central core of the polygonal base.

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HENRI DUNANT, GENERAL HOSPITAL, ATHENS - 1995


Collaborating Ofiices: K. Xanthopoulos - M. Milissi & H. Bougadellis

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