BANCA DEGLI OCCHI
This laboratory, under the aegis of private foundation, Fondazione Banca degli Occhi, is unique not only in the fact that it has over 30 years of experience in eye transplants and training doctors in these techniques, but it has engaged in staminal cell research with remarkable ophthalmologic results. The building, following a triangular plan, contains the staminal cell research labs, a school for training professionals operating and recovery rooms, covered parking, as well as a large underground auditorium and parking. The building is defined by two long trapezoidal walls, sheathed with a bronze patina finish, that are placed at right angle to each other, but with their projected tips not touching by a few inches, thus evoking Michelangelo's painting in the Sistine Chapel of God's finger transferring his élan vitaI to Adam. Its roof is a stepped section plane covered in fragrant greenery smelled by the patients on entering. It also serves as open-air auditorium as well as an emergency exit stairway from each floor. On the building's third side, the technicians in the laboratories and the patients have a personal view to the plants growing outside their windows in wide earth covered terraces. This building is located across from the Nuovo Ospedale di Venezia-Mestre, recently baptized as Ospedale dell'Angelo (the Angel's Hospital), the first "green" hospital in Europe.