Health Facilities


Studio: Studio Pinearq SL (arch. De Pineda)
Steam studio

Ventilated facades: 3,000 sq. m. Blanco Maresme; 120x60 cm format; 9 mm thickness (custom product)
Wall tiles: Titanium White formato 150x100 cm; acabado Natural; espesor 6 mm

Asclepios III is the new surgical complexof the Bari Polyclinic, designed by the Catalan architect Albert De Pineda who, in co-ordinating the work, was assisted by Studio Steam S.r.l.

This 27,000-square-meter building, which covers six floors, with operating rooms, outpatients’ departments and approximately 200 beds, was conceived along the lines of the “model” hospital, with a special focus on aspects such as humanization, sociality and interactivity. With its formal, understated composition, it is inspired by Nordic architecture, and emphasis has been placed on sustainability, user needs, and the relationship between the building and the adjoining green area.

By choosing state-of-the-art materials and implementing solutions aimed at ensuring thermal insulation, radiation control and solar protection, ventilated facade systems were installed on the south, east and west sides of the building. The exterior cladding, consisting of an aluminum structure anchored to the building, an insulation layer and a ventilated air chamber, was made with FMG Blanco Maresme, the custom technical porcelain stoneware surface offering anatural stone effect, with textures and colors specifically designed for the Asclepios III complex. Produced in the 120x60 cm format with a thickness of 9 mm, it was installed with staggered joints, covering a total area of 3,000 sq. m.. The technical porcelain stoneware by FMG, a material offering high aesthetic quality, was chosen for its unrivalled technical features, that is, its lightness and compactness, water repellency, ease of maintenance and cleaning, and resistance to weathering, UV rays and thermal shock.

On the other hand, the FMG Titanium White, in the 150x100 cm format, 6 mm thick, with a Natural finish, was used on the interior walls of the staircases and landings of the complex. FMG’s porcelain stoneware, which is nontoxic, resistant to abrasion and chemicals, and easy to sanitize, is well suited for use in settings such as hospitals, where sanitization is an absolute must.

In the case of the Asclepios III project, the advantages of FMG materials, that is, their versatility of use and functionality, stand out clearly: from the ventilated façade to the interior wall tiling, they ensure excellent technical performance and top-quality design aimed at making each environment cozy, safe and inviting.