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Children’s Hospital of Michigan - Troy

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Categories:
Facades , Health & education , North america

  • Location: Troy, Michigan
  • Completion: 2016
  • Project Size: 64,500 SF
  • Architect of Record: Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) | www.hed.design
  • Glass Laminator: Thompson IG | www.thompsonig.com
  • Photographer: ©Justin Maconochie

The critically significant services performed within this Children’s Medical Center are very serious and frankly scary to most young patients, their parents, family and friends. The three-story, 64,500 sf Children’s Hospital Michigan was conceived as a colorful organization of toy blocks that delineate functions and movement within a friendly, non-institutional, environment that transforms the typical medical experience into an enjoyable journey. Organized as a playful composition of three colorful toy blocks; the main three story blue block contains the primary service functions and support spaces, the two story yellow block denotes the main entrance lobby and the one story red block identifies the emergency entrance and associated functions. These simple moves of color, geometry and scale create a welcoming memorable image while providing a necessary visual way-finding tool for the anxious parent as they arrive with their ill child. From the prominent playful exterior design through the friendly and welcoming interior planning and design, a child-focused environment is created just for kids and their unique needs. Color, materiality, detailing, spacial organization and lighting reinforce the concept of creating a transformational experience for children with special medical needs that appears more suited as a big toy than a medical facility. The design composition of functional colorful building blocks, including the integration of mechanical screens, creates a multi-colored facility with six different colors of glass and seven different colors of glazed brick, specifically selected for the small unit scale. The colored glass is a key design element that reinforces the forms at the Public and Emergency Entrances while animating the interior environment. The use of simple color for these basic functions creates a fun memorable image not found in healthcare design while establishing a powerful branded image. Seen as a visual beacon at night along a mostly dark stretch of road, during the day, the glass throughout the building is a colorful composition that not only coordinates with the masonry but brings the interior environment to life with a Kaleidoscope of color, lighting and pattern creating a vibrant healing environment that nourishes the human spirit. The interior layout and planning was purposely designed to provide people movement along the perimeter to enhance the experience of both patients and visitors.