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Perkins+Will designs new complex for Johns Hopkins Hosptial

The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower create transformative patient-centric care.

April 18, 2012 |
The complex includes 560 private patient rooms, 33 state-of-the-art operating ro

Perkins+Will and The Johns Hopkins Hospital Facilities and Design staff designed a new 1.6-million-square-foot complex for the academic medical center and the nation’s top-ranked hospital.

Opening May 1, 2012, the facility will serve as a new gateway to the medical campus while transforming the healthcare experience. Distinguished by its curved shape, articulated forms, bold color, gardens, and natural light, the Johns Hopkins Hospital includes two 12-story towers for children’s and adult healthcare that rise from an eight-story base of the structure.

The design for the new clinical building provides a clear identity for each tower composed into a unified whole. The complex includes 560 private patient rooms, 33 state-of-the-art operating rooms, and expansive new adult and pediatric emergency departments. Its integrated healthcare planning and design supports both the most advanced medical technology and the latest evidence-based strategies for ideal patient-oriented care.

The curvilinear glass and brick building, accented with colorful panels, serves as the new front door to the hospital and the entire 14-acre campus. The architecture guides people to the entrance where a canopy extends the length of the entrance, sheltering the emergency and hospital entryways. A landscaped entry plaza, the size of a football field, leads the way into a two-story sky-lit adult tower lobby with a meditation garden as well as the soaring four-story children’s lobby.??

In a rare approach, from the outset of the facility’s planning and design, a multidisciplinary project partnership was established for a highly interactive process of creative exchange. This unique collaboration included Perkins+Will, artists from across the country, an art curator, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Johns Hopkins staff and leadership. As a result of this alliance, the building now incorporates over 500 works of art created for the facility by more than 70 artists, as well as numerous healing gardens, to create a dignified, uplifting, and nurturing environment. ??

A key design feature of the building, created in collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch, is a shimmering glass curtain wall that covers much of the building’s exterior. Perkins+Will worked closely with Finch and the project partnership over many months to integrate the architecture with the artist’s concept. The result is a multi-colored two-layered fritted glass façade that incorporates Finch’s unique approach to color. Its effect moderates the Baltimore light by day and transforms the building into a glowing composition of color and light by night. BD+C

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