The project stems from an idea by the Barilla family that was seized upon by the Parma hospital which, in turn, involved Fondazione Cariparma and Impresa Pizzarotti; the structure also represented a challenge for Cotto d’Este which, with its ceramic surfaces, had already been committed to the humanisation of architecture for some time.
“Understanding that the environmental quality of a place, a space, plays an active role in the treatment process was the guideline that shaped the actions of the designers: there are – explains architect Sergio Beccarelli of Policreo – lots of little details that contribute to making this building more human and liveable, a more suitable place for looking after children”. These include the colours, for example, chosen by an interdisciplinary team, and all of the materials, including the Cotto d’Este ceramic surfaces.
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“14 mm extra-thick porcelain stoneware was used in the most trafficked areas - Beccarelli explains - while for all the bathrooms KERLITE was preferred to resilient tile solutions enabling us to avoid joints and grout lines while ensuring maximum efficiency from a hygienic and sanitary perspective. The versatility of the Cotto d’Este materials – the designer continues – guaranteed us additional opportunities: because of its lightness, flexibility and large sizes, Kerlite ultra-thin ceramic porcelain stoneware was the ideal finish for the suspended walkways that connect the public areas with the clinical departments as it also matched the 14mm extra-thick porcelain stoneware”.