Opened in March 2021, the seven-story Middle for Group Well being (CCH) in Brooklyn, N.Y., is situated throughout from proprietor NewYork-Presbyterian’s Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and marks the primary main ambulatory care facility in-built Brooklyn in 40 years.
The design workforce confronted quite a lot of challenges to ship the 400,000-square-foot facility, from a C-shaped venture web site that touches 4 totally different zoning districts to group hesitation in regards to the venture.
To beat these points, the venture, submitted by Perkins Eastman (New York), options quite a lot of planning and architectural options. These relate to massing, scale, and supplies choice that helps it slot in with its historic neighborhood. Moreover, an intensive artwork program was employed to additional replicate and hook up with the group.
Jurors appreciated the well-rounded strategy from the outside to the inside to create a contemporary, welcoming setting.
Right here, Steven Wright, affiliate principal; Cristobal Mayendia, principal; Duncan Reid, principal; and Christina Peters, senior affiliate—all from Perkins Eastman—and artwork guide Alissa Friedman, Salon 94, talk about a few of methods behind the venture.
Healthcare Design: What general targets/rules have been established to assist information this venture?
Steven Wright: As hospitals shift extra to outpatient settings, it was necessary for this largest ambulatory middle in Brooklyn to supply unprecedented entry to multispecialty outpatient care, together with superior preventive, diagnostic, and same-day outpatient surgical procedures, in an effort to assist sufferers spend much less time within the hospital.
It was crucial that the middle attain out to and contribute to its historic, residential context—that it not solely feels at residence in but in addition “of” the neighborhood.
The venture confronted a number of challenges associated to its location. How did you resolve these?
Wright: Working intently with the group, together with Protect Park Slope, a group advocacy group, sure design components, such because the discount within the constructing top and stepping again the higher flooring, have been agreed upon.
The venture was additionally confronted with a laydown space for logistics confined to just one frontage of the constructing; preservation of timber near the development; site visitors plan necessities; creation of a development process drive; and month-to-month conferences with group members and variety of different gadgets.
As well as, the Board of Requirements and Appeals (BSA) approval additional stipulated quite a lot of necessities relating to truck routing, noise mitigation, coordinating with college hours, mud mitigation, environmental safety and score of kit, parking restrictions, rodent management, and so forth. This proved to be particularly difficult throughout venture allowing as after-hours work in addition to sidewalk and street closures turned factors of group rivalry.
In response, the workforce developed and carried out a complete environmental mitigation plan that included measures to regulate truck routing, staging of supplies off-site, and cautious planning of export trucking through the excavation section.
What methods did you use to mix the ability into its residential setting?
Cristobal Mayendia: To offer massive, uninterrupted ground plates to accommodate the 400,000-square-foot middle, we sought top and setback zoning variances. This answer established a extra modest avenue wall top the place the constructing faces the neighborhood whereas rising the constructing top inwards towards the present hospital throughout sixth Avenue.
Duncan Reid: We deliberately and sensitively broke down the size of this huge constructing inside its residential brownstone neighborhood by shifting quantity, cornice, and constructing base to the size of the encompassing brownstones. The massing, scale, and proportion of home windows and materials coloration and texture additionally assist mix this Twenty first-century healthcare facility into its largely Nineteenth- and early Twentieth-century context.
How have been you in a position to obtain beneficiant entry to sunlight all through the ability?
Christina Peters: The big home windows of the constructing ship a lot of daylight and emphasize breathtaking views of the neighborhood, reaching all the best way to the East River and looking out again out to Manhattan. Explicit consideration was paid to workers areas like work rooms and lounges, which characteristic massive home windows with pure gentle.
Mayendia: We introduced pure gentle into as many areas as doable. For instance, a below-grade ready space is illuminated by a beneficiant skylight whereas the upper-level sky lobbies have broad views to the encompassing neighborhood. The most cancers infusion “mobility zone” combines a way of group with spectacular views and plentiful gentle.
Corridors usually finish with a window and a view out to the neighborhood. Lastly, the principle foyer is a light-filled inspiring area that uplifts the coming affected person and members of the family.
How does the venture’s artwork program assist construct a connection between the ability and the group?
Alissa Friedman: From our early conversations with the workforce, everybody agreed that the artwork ought to replicate the numerous Brooklyn group that the hospital is serving. Brooklyn is made up of roughly 2.6 million residents and is without doubt one of the most culturally numerous metropolises in the USA.
Constructing on NewYork-Presbyterian’s perception within the therapeutic energy of artwork, we constructed a set from the bottom up, which highlighted the work of rising and established artists who predominantly work or reside in Brooklyn. Moreover, the hospital’s dedication to inclusion, variety, and outreach supplied a curatorial framework that guided us in our picks.
How did you combine the artistic endeavors inside the constructing structure?
Friedman: We devoted a number of time to wanting on the areas and understanding how they’d be used. We determined to pay attention the artwork within the public areas that may see a number of site visitors or use, reminiscent of lobbies, the café, ready rooms, hallways, and open-plan examination rooms.
We needed the artwork to reinforce the structure and the affected person/customer expertise, so we intentionally chosen artworks that have been daring and graphic in an effort to activate the general public areas. For the smaller affected person areas, we selected works that have been quieter and extra lyrical.
We tried to be holistic in our strategy and create exhibition-like areas the place the artworks complemented each other in addition to the structure. As artwork also can assist guests mark their whereabouts, we assorted the kinds of artwork throughout flooring.
Focus on the inspiration for “The Colours of the Neighborhood,” set up on the constructing’s entry?
Mayendia: The 20-foot-high focus of the constructing’s exterior entry, “The Colours of the Neighborhood,” is our interpretation of the richness of the residential cloth of Park Slope and the various group that the ability serves.
Rendered in terra cotta baguette tiles, the mosaic of six totally different colours nods to the number of constructing colours afforded by the sun-dappled streetscapes of brownstone Brooklyn, and is however one illustration of how the Middle is really of its context.
As healthcare establishments should be part of breaking down boundaries and welcoming group, this facility seeks to be part of that answer.
The jurors appreciated the timeless aesthetic of the ability. How did you strategy the inside design?
Peters: The consumer needed a constructing that was not solely stunning and complex, but in addition timeless and sustainable. The general idea began with references to an “city park.”
Wooden paneling and textural ceramic tile give a tactile high quality to the area. The impartial colours of the finishes are supplemented with vivid colours from the paintings and furnishings. Constructed-in millwork with workstations and a curvilinear ceiling design within the café give a sense of being in a high-end espresso store as an alternative of a healthcare setting.
Anne DiNardo is govt editor of Healthcare Design. She will be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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