The design of NYPACC focuses on creating generous public spaces while articulating the building envelope to give appropriate expression to the center’s mission.
The public experience through the building feels generously open despite the dense programmatic requirements. Patients arriving from either York Avenue or the drive through enter a spacious, light-filled lobby, with unobstructed paths to a centrally located reception desk and self-registration kiosks. From here, patients can proceed to elevators which provide access to the clinical floors. Clinical support spaces are patient focused, efficient, and flexible to accommodate future technologies and changes in patient care.
Within the 40-foot-high space of the lobby, the level 2 mezzanine above the drive-through provides a generous multipurpose gathering space offering food service and a direct connection to the adjoining Wellness Center. From this level an open stair invites access to the more intimate upper mezzanine on level 3, with a comfortable “living room” for patients and their families.
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; interior design of public spaces
Designed for LEED Gold certification
It was crucial that the Koch Center’s facade distinctly stand out from its more private and inwardly oriented neighbors. Within the three foot structural depth of the columns, the glass plane is manipulated to create an undulating exterior pattern. At night, this layering of skin and structure creates a luminous glow.
Architect of Record: HOK, Inc., New York; Medical Planning: Ballinger, Philadelphia; Structural: Thornton Tomasetti, New York; Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing: Syska Hennessy Group, New York; Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners