The awards recognize cutting-edge designs that help solve aesthetic, civic, urban and social problems while also being functional and sustainable. Recipients can include healthcare building design, healthcare planning and healthcare design-oriented research. This year’s projects were awarded by a seven-member jury in the following categories.
Built: Less than $25 million (construction cost)
The GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital, Port-au-Prince, Haiti | MASS Design Group
Bamboo screens create visual privacy for the outdoor consultation spaces that line patient rooms. Photo: Iwan Baan
A view of the central court¬yard, looking east. Photo: Iwan Baan
Westlake Dermatology Concrete and Glass Pavilion, Marble Falls, Texas | Matt Fajkus Architecture
While uniform in size and shape at a glance, the concrete shell adapts to functional requirements such as the tapered, deep overhang that provides shade in conjunction with the fritted glass. Credit: Charles Davis Smith
Once inside, natural daylight from a skylight is filtered through the layering of a perforated and parametrically designed wood screen. Credit: Charles Davis Smith
Built: More than $25 million (construction cost)
Casey House, Toronto, Canada | Hariri Pontarini Architects
Casey house north elevation. Photo: Doublespace Photography
Beautifully landscaped and alive, the courtyard is the ever-present symbol of life-affirming green, water, and light and is visible from every corridor and in-patient room. Photo: Doublespace Photography
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto (VAPA) Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center, Palo Alto, California | SmithGroup and The Design Partnership LLP
Main entrance: the simple terracotta façade echoes the campus’ material pallet; the main entry quietly welcomes visitors, patients, and medical personnel. Photo: © Tim Griffith and Kyle Jeffers
Central court: the main courtyard and transparent lobby entrance emphasize the building’s interior and exterior connection. Photo: © Tim Griffith and Kyle Jeffers
Renovations/Remodeled: Primarily built within existing hospital or clinical space or adaptive reuse of an existing building to a healthcare use.
Studio Dental II, San Francisco | Montalba Architects
Situated within a rapidly developing neighborhood in San Francisco’s financial district, the dentists’ brick and mortar location is defined by a modern aesthetic, while honoring the historic elements of the base building. Photo: © Kevin Scott
Strategically placed smoke mirrors are used to extend sightlines and reflect natural light. Photo: © Kevin Scott
All five projects were honored at the AIA AAH/ACHA Summer Leadership Summit in Chicago on Saturday, July 27. Visit AIA’s website for more information on the AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards.