Innovative Projects by Interior Design’s 2023 Healthcare Giants

Following the pandemic, there was no question that hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings were bound to evolve. Case in point, the increase in smaller design projects for more specialized facilities by Interior Design‘s 2023 Healthcare Giants. The physical design of healthcare spaces is skewing toward a better experience for both employees and patients, prioritizing wellness as much as health. Whether a storybook-like children’s facility, the trauma-informed design of a community clinic, or an overhaul of spaces for collaboration in research, all of these spaces by Healthcare Giants make a doctor’s visit just a little more pleasant.

2023 Healthcare Giants Showcase the Latest in Healthcare Design

ZGF Helps Transform Children’s’ Healthcare Design for the Better

Wall murals double as learning tools in Children follow storybook wayfinding images in Building Care, Seattle Children’s.
© 2022 Benjamin Benschneider.

Say goodbye to basic white walls and heavy fluorescents. For new eight-story diagnostic and treatment facility, part of a 1-million-square-foot campus expansion at Seattle Children’s Hospital, ZGf upped the whimsical. A trail map in the main lobby illustrates how the hospital’s four wayfinding zones—forest, river, mountain, ocean—connect, with easy identification of the easiest path to each destination. Charming details unfold chapter by chapter, so to speak, from backlit 3D dioramas tucked into wall niches to tiny paw prints embedded in the terrazzo floor. Read more.

A Community Clinic Built With Trauma-Informed Design Elements

Colorful chairs and a wall mural brighten up Family Tree clinic
Photography by Gaffer Photography.

In 2022, the growing clinic of Family Tree relocated to a 17,000-square-foot new building in south Minneapolis by Perkins&Will. A community clinic offering sliding-scale reproductive healthcare to Twin Cities students since 1971, Family Tree is a haven for marginalized folk. Comprehensive services include STI testing and treatment, birth control, gender-affirming care, and even legal aid for queer and trans people. Utilizing a trauma-informed approach to design, careful attention was given to the structure of the space from the very start. Read more

An Innovative Laboratory Brings Multidisciplinary Scientists Together

The exterior of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Photography by Christopher Barrett.

For the design of a facility for a renowned research center that employs thousands of the nation’s top scientists and engineers for work in homeland security, biomedicine, air and missile defense, and other hush-hush but very important endeavors, CannonDesign had to think big. The team oversaw the creation of the Applied Physics Laboratory’s new Building 201. The fourth floor of the five-story structure cantilevers on an asymmetrical forest of mirror-finished stainless-steel columns. Inside, the team combined labs and workspace for the 650-person Research and Exploratory Development Department into a collaborative network of spaces. Read more.

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