Penelis Consulting Engineers are part of the design Team for the New Komotini General Hospital the Thessaloniki Pediatrics Hospital and the New Sparti General Hospital by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano.

For patients in the hospital, there are many factors, some more and others less obvious, that contribute to their health outcomes. Care from competent and caring medical professionals using effective equipment is essential. However, a number of environmental factors, often overlooked, can be vitally important too: the location of a hospital, its setting, the configuration of its public spaces, the design of the operating and patient rooms.This was evident thousands of years ago in ancient Greece, where “Asclepieions” served as the healing centers of antiquity. Built in lush landscapes with idyllic views, the Asclepieions served as places of worship and holistic healing.“Inspired by the Asclepeions and the importance attached to the environment for treating a patient,” the architect said, “the aim is to create the most beautiful environment possible for medical and nursing staff as well as for patients. Instead of the word ‘beautiful,’ allow me to use here the ancient Greek term ‘kalos kagathos’ (beautiful and good), as it best reflects the philosophy of designing an ideal space for healing and recovery, and not just one of high aesthetic value.”  

The new SNF Hospitals are state-of-the-art designed to provide top-notch patient care, and it is equipped with the latest and most advanced medical systems and technology, allowing doctors and nurses to offer the best inpatient and outpatient care. The hospital will be surrounded by a dense forest, accessible to patients and their relatives during their hospitalization as part of the healing process. Single and double rooms will have unobstructed views of the forest, while the operating rooms will have large openings facing the park, allowing natural light to enter.

The structural system consits of R/C for the lower levels and CLT and gluelam MRF for the upper floor of the patient wards. The energy canopy is a steel structure. The seismic design has been based on a seismic hahard assessment and a microzonation study. 

Following the successful model of the SNFCC, the hospital’s design, construction, and operation will incorporate the green sustainability principles of the LEED program. The new facilities will also enable the development of modern digital infrastructure for clinical services, sustainable and efficient management and maintenance of the hospital, and interconnection with other partner health units.

Design TEAM


Llewelyn Davies

Milan Ingeneria-Penelis Consulting


Heli Pagkalou


Hill International