A new building is being hailed as setting a new precedent for healthcare workplace design.
The latest development to anchor Toronto’s Discovery commercial district is a 22-storey patient support centre (PSC) at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
B+H Architects’ proposed design includes a undulating façade, blue ribbon staircase encased in glass, and interdisciplinary education and simulation spaces in a light-filled environment.
“The design provides an important architectural framework for a workplace environment designed to transform the way SickKids works,” said project lead Patrick Fejér.
“It is being designed to create an inspiring environment that supports the needs of healthcare providers, fosters collaboration and helps to accelerate innovation.”
His design is the first phase of Project Horizon – the SickKids campus redevelopment plan that aims to build a re-imagined hospital of the future.
Café and retail atrium at ground level opens up the corner of two main streets and activates the public realm, creating a new social hub.
Lower floors, accessible to the public, are proposed to include educational and simulation space, learning institute, library and conference centre.
An enclosed pedestrian bridge establishes an integral link on the SickKids campus, connecting the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL) and the hospital's main atrium.
“I’m really excited about this new environment, which will facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration,” said Peter Goldthorpe, vice-president of transformation for SickKids.
B+H designed the tower’s facade with a significant degree of transparency to foster increased connectivity between SickKids and the community.
A series of coloured horizontal fins further animates the pedestrian experience while providing shading and optimizing thermal performance.
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