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; interior design of public spaces
Designed for LEED Gold certification
An undulating pattern applied to the glass facade gives the building its distinctive presence and enhances its luminous nighttime 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