Best of the Year – HEALTH CARE
WEILL GREENBERG CENTER, NEW YORK
Drawing on industry research indicating that good design fosters good health as well as stress relief and a heightened quality of patient care, principals Eric Swanson and Louis Meilink teamed up with Polshek Partnership Architects to tackle the design of a 330,000-square-foot, 15-floor clinical facility for Weill Cornell Medical College. Large windows offer contemplative skyline views. State-of-the-art technology mixes with contemporary and mid-century furnishings in diagnostic centers, staff offices, and intimate seating alcoves. And a suspended installation of glass fragments brings iridescence to a two-story atrium. Throughout, wood, travertine, and Cor-Ten steel combine with water elements to create a tranquility more commonly found in a spa than in a medical setting.
– Deborah Wilke