NAC|Architecture's new design challenges the medical office building typology, creating an engaging urban place
The project is the first medical complex to be developed in a recently re-zoned part of the city that will receive substantially increased density. The area is close to the downtown core which contains significant high density development. Unfortunately, such development has not generated open public spaces, to be enjoyed for the common good, whether as parks or public plazas. Therefore it was critical that this project challenge the traditional medical office typology, thereby opening the way for a more engaging urban design, both socially and programmatically.
The design concept proposes a public park on the roof of a two-storey base with open spaces and passages for public use at lower levels. All parking is underground. The two-storey base includes a combination of medically related retail and smaller medical tenant suites. It could also contain a mix of service businesses, cafes, or daycare for employees, patients, staff, or visitors from this complex and / or adjacent future development. The two five-storey buildings are intended for larger medical tenants, which could easily include medically and commercially focused treatment spas or other users that could benefit from the symbiotic relationship with the park. The presence of such a green space on the top of the two-storey building, enjoying the south sun and sunset views, provides a new opportunity for medical providers and an unusual benefit for patients and the staff.
The street will receive increased pedestrian traffic due to the future light rail station nearby. The park steps down to engage the street. Its gradual slope connects it with the lower level public spaces. The design of the whole complex with multi-level park and public spaces generates a quintessential multi-purpose urban space whose character can be a catalyst for expanding possibilities for future development.