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St. Luke's Lakeside Hospital, Texas, United States

Wednesday 04 May 2011

Blending into its surroundings

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The latest addition to St. Luke’s Woodlands Medical Center blends in perfectly whilst providing high quality services 

St. Luke's Lakeside Hospital, a specialty hospital devoted to cardiovascular and orthopedic care, is a new addition to St. Luke's The Woodlands Medical Center. This stand-alone building is designed to be easily recognised as a state-of-the-art facility while blending harmoniously with the existing medical campus. The contemporary architecture responds to site opportunities and programmatic requirements with elements that have their own unique form and material. These elements differentiate Lakeside, and yet, the building blends with other campus buildings via colours and textures seen throughout the campus. The curved gesture not only helps to create an engaging landmark for the hospital entry but also responds to the dynamics of the adjacent three-acre lake, thus providing scenic views on all three levels of the hospital. Functionally the curved footprint creates inpatient floors that are staff-friendly and efficient, maximising visibility from nurse stations. Wayfinding is also reinforced by this distinctive shape, creating an intuitive patient-focused environment that minimises the need for signage.

The materials used reflect a blending of old and new. Stone was introduced to create an updated permanence. Its horizontal expression and texture reinforce the brand of this new state-of-the-art hospital. A two-storey glass ellipse penetrates the stone wall, becoming an icon for the hospital entry and the lobby as well as alluding to the high-tech capabilities within. The remaining exterior of brick and stucco reflect a continuum of material used throughout the campus which connects the addition to its predecessors. Designed to facilitate a high standard of care, Lakeside is poised to become the major cardiac and orthopedic specialty hospital in the region.

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