A state-of-the-art facility for Native Americans that promotes healing through culture and environment
This replacement hospital project designed for the Chickasaw Nation consists of a 216,000 sq ft hospital and 142,000 sq ft clinic located on a 230-acre site in Oklahoma. Native American culture emphasises respect and appreciation of nature. The building’s layout takes full advantage of the pristine aspects of the site which includes a creek on the eastern edge and numerous, large pecan, elm and oak trees.
A major design goal was to maximise access and views to these natural elements while concurrently increasing daylight into the building. Patient units are set on the ground with rooms oriented directly into the undeveloped parts of the site. Massing and building forms are influenced by Chickasaw culture and art - influencing the development of 'Town Centre', an atrium gathering space at the heart of the facility. Chickasaw culture embodies giving, sharing and a connection to an extended family and locating this space at the centre of the facility and putting dietary services adjacent to it, a gathering space for meeting and interacting is created.
Another example is the faceted façades of the building and terrazzo floor patterns. These elements were influenced by traditional Chickasaw neckwear in the way they are assembled and organised. Natural materials such as Oklahoma stone and unfinished copper panels support the goal of connecting the building to its’ site. Their organisation was influenced by patterns in Chickasaw blankets and baskets. There is an organised, yet organic, aspect to these items which is reflected in the facades of the buildings.