Cost effective and shifting in appearance, Front Studio's Medical Office adds a new dimension to Liberty Avenue
On a busy Bloomfield street in the city of Pittsburgh, Front Studio Architects has constructed a medical administration facility that drives away the generic image of a healthcare complex. Comprised of offices for medical staff with potential retail space, the external appearance of the Liberty Medical Office is such that it gives ‘a dynamic, incomplete quality’.
Sandwiched between residential plots from the 1900s and the main 1970s hospital facility constructed in the 1970s, the office building has been designed with economical materials and systems, reducing the cost per sq ft to $125 including interior finishes.
The façade of the structure is an amalgamation of fragmented pieces, with copper sections that reflect the natural sunlight during the day and alter the building’s outward appearance. Additional changes in appearance will form as the copper portions of the exterior patina and the glass block beneath glows when darkness has fallen.
The walls of the building were prefabricated and constructed onsite to reduce excess waste. This approach was also a response to the constricted nature of the building site, with a busy street at the front and a tight alley at the rear.
Before the Liberty Medical Office was complete, there was a clear division between the residential and healthcare plots; with Front Studio Architects’ alternative concept, a transitional volume has been formed which softens the street profile and brings together these differing typologies.