The design of this state-of-the-art ambulatory care facility creates generous public spaces while articulating the building envelope to give vivid expression to the center's mission.
Patients enter through a soaring, light-filled lobby with unobstructed paths to a central reception desk and self-registration kiosks, from which they proceed to elevators that carry them to clinical floors. Clinical support spaces are patient-focused and efficient, with the flexibility to accommodate future technologies and changes in patient care.
Within the 40-foot-high lobby, a sweeping mezzanine offers a multipurpose gathering space with food service and a direct connection to the adjoining Wellness Center. An open stair invites access to the more intimate upper mezzanine, providing a comfortable “living room” for patients and their families.
An all-glass facade was suggested by the fact that the exterior edge of the building is primarily circulation space. The insertion of a wood screen into the triple-glazed assembly and application of a frit pattern on the inner surface of the outer pane give the curtain wall its distinctive character, achieving richness and variety in a highly sustainable form.
At York Avenue and 68th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan
734,000 ft2 / 68,000 m2 gross area; ambulatory care center for cancer care, treatment of digestive diseases, outpatient surgery, interventional radiology, and diagnostic imaging; maternity ward; health and wellness center; conference center; dining facilities; underground parking
Exterior envelope and lobby
Designed for LEED Gold certification
An undulating pattern applied to the glass facade gives the building a memorable presence and enhances its luminous nighttime glow.
Architect: HOK, Inc., New York; Medical Architect: Ballinger, Philadelphia; Structural: Thornton Tomasetti, New York; Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing: Syska Hennessy Group, New York; Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners