Ohio's new Cancer Hospital centres on transparency & connection to nature to promote wellbeing
The new Cancer Hospital marks the entrance from a prominent institutional corridor in Cleveland, to the University Hospital grounds. The building’s concept of transparency, natural light, relationship to nature and views are the essential components to creating an environment of well being.
The building section reveals the design intent. Vertically stacked departments are contained between two free-flowing membranes composed of high performance glass. Transparent, translucent and opaque panels balance respectively a desire to bring natural light deep into the space with a need for privacy and protection from glare and excessive heat throughout the summer months. From the upper floors, dedicated to nursing units, patients can see the distant Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie. Sloping the land beneath the building completes the sectional composition. The site is shaped so that lower public floors, particularly the departments of Radiation Therapy and Infusion, have access to the healing garden, which also forms a transition between the University Hospital grounds and its neighbour, Case Western University. At night the building becomes a beacon for the campus as soft light penetrates through the transparent walls dissolving the boundary between interior spaces and gardens surrounding the Cancer Hospital.
The existing Ireland Cancer Center has met the standards of excellence required to achieve the National Cancer Institute’s designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. The new facility will consolidate and expand the current programs/services into a single dedicated facility designed to enhance a multidisciplinary approach of cancer diagnostics, treatment and research in keeping with this national recognition.
This facility will be dedicated exclusively to the care of adult cancer patients and their families in a protective environment that provides for staff, physician and caregiver collaboration; operational efficiency and technological development. Patients’ needs and their experiences are at the heart of interior space arrangements. Clarity and simplicity of pathways, proper scale and introduction of natural light, characterise the interior architecture. The cancer hospital will open with 120 private inpatient rooms, which are sized and designed to promote a family-centered model of care with provision for overnight guest stays.