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Entry number: B08045
Statement of Design Approach:
During the design, we engaged Dr. Iriye to help us understand the entire experience of the expecting mother from her initial site arrival to her last contact with the doctor. Site circulation of vehicles, drop off zones, pedestrian travel, patient and clinical staff circulation, seating, way finding, communication, accessibility and overall comfort were the main priorities for patients that gave form to the building.
Once on site by vehicle, patients have opportunity to be dropped off under the building's cover or be able to circle around an island until selection has been made, as opposed to most dead end situations typical of a narrow site. The patient is then led to the main stairs and elevator from the parking lot by a small promenade that has been defined by trees, site lighting, enhanced paving and the east facade's polite skewing for pedestrians. The contemporary architecture was inspired by the symbiotic relationships of mother, father and child along with using natural materials that have a warm and comforting quality. Stone, copper, and wood were used on the exterior for their rich patina and ease of maintenance as they weather over time. The copper wrap embraces the building providing opportunities for natural day lighting and sheltered outdoor use. Warm wood ceilings wrap the inside of the copper clad form extending from the outside deck into the lobby. The aluminum stair screen cradles the stair and stone clad elevator core creating a sense of security, warmth and a play of light.
Alternative Transportation -A shower/changing room and bike racks are provided for employees who live close enough to bike to work.
Recycle -An oversized janitors closet right off the breakroom houses the office recycle bins.
Daylight - Daylight was an important part of the design. Clerestory windows bring daylight into the waiting room and triage area while doctor offices, conference room and exam areas are treated with windows appropriate for their function.
Outdoor neighborhood amenity -Since the doctor's office is in a residential neighborhood turning medical office district; the owner wanted to provide an amenity to the neighborhood at the ground level such as a space for a sidewalk cafe.
Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos
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