Cortelluci Vaughan Hospital’s (CVH) healing environment emerges from the strong connection between architecture and landscape. The 111,400 square-metre hospital delivers efficient and high-quality treatment within a flexible building and technology infrastructure. Canada’s first “smart” hospital, the building’s integrated technology facilitates the client’s vision for a streamlined and patient-focused experience.
Creating a successful sense of identity and scale for CVH was a challenge since the site is bordered by four distinctly different contexts - a six-lane roadway, a major municipal road, a quiet residential community, and Canada’s largest theme park. The building design responds to the context, working at different scales to subtly fit in. Green insertions - bioswales, cascading gardens, green roofs, courtyards, and walking paths - further enhance the hospital’s relationship to the neighborhood, city, and region.
Every aspect of CVH’s interior architecture was examined through the lens of stress reduction and creating a therapeutic environment. Sensory noise is reduced through quiet mechanical and communication systems, and visual clutter through minimal wall mounted devices and stowed equipment. Acoustically dampened walls improve patient privacy, enabling rest and recovery.
Generous windows and views are present in every patient room, and extensive at-grade glazing promotes visual connection, while drawing natural light deep into the hospital. Simple and clear connection routes make wayfinding a stress-free experience. Since its opening in 2020, CVH has improved patient care and outcomes by creating a healing environment within a LEED® Silver Certified facility that supports caregivers and puts the patient first.
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