Serving a population of nearly one million residents, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) sought to provide a new outpatient facility to its patient community. Dubbed the Physicians Pavillion, the 45,000-square-foot space creates a new home for 20 physician practice groups with tailor-made interiors to help those physicians operate as efficiently as possible. And with it, TBHC can give residents improved access to local care while rising to meet the growing healthcare needs of neighborhoods undergoing substantial demographic changes and unprecedented growth.
Smoothing Out Operations
In planning and designing for the space, EwingCole worked to analyze patient volume data to calculate requirements for exam rooms and then created a stacking diagram to show how the space could be shared, inspiring how practices are grouped within the building’s triangular floor plate.
Layouts were adapted to fit program needs on each floor, with views optimized throughout. Each waiting lounge was designed, in fact, to allow as much light to permeate throughout the floors as possible. Additionally, the exam rooms were equipped to handle the needs of each practice, while allowing for flexible scheduling throughout the week.
Beyond the efficiencies gained, however, the jury also lauded the $16 million project’s aesthetics, defined by a base palette of wood tones and light neutrals with bold accents introduced via paint, upholstery, and wallcoverings.
“Great human scale,” commented one member. “The multiple ceiling heights allow for different environments/settings without walls.”
“Sophisticated furnishings and thoughtful interior design and detailing; color and lighting were overlaid with great complexity while still providing for unification of the interior,” said another.
A hospitality feel was further delivered through furnishings ranging from side tables and ottomans to a charging bar to shelving for books and other entertainment. Clear wayfinding and signage and lighting fixtures that double as art installations then complete the experience for patients and employees.
Another version of this article originally appeared on Healthcare Design.