This project provides an “exciting, culturally relevant exterior” that one juror called “very inviting and appropriate for the locale and client base.” The jury agreed that the use of color and exterior forms were uniquely suited to the culture and locale. The jury also found that the combination of high ceilings and suspended elements in the facility’s activity areas offer what one juror called an “open feel with a human scale.”
Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home (St. Augustine, Fla.)
Jurors thought that the neighborhood concept was well integrated into this design, with balanced features that clearly reflect the needs of an older, more physically infirm population. Jurors described the living room and gathering places for patients, in particular the porch area located near the barbershop, as “inviting and produced a very therapeutic milieu.” One juror said the design “picks up on local flavor” with the use of its courtyard, patios, and gardens.
Eastern State Hospital, Adult Mental Health Treatment Center (Williamsburg, Va.)
Jurors were impressed with how this project “walked the line between open space and intimacy.” The good color choices and comfortable, residential-looking furnishings also caught the jury’s attention. While the design “paid a lot of attention to patient safety,” one juror noted, it also “felt upbeat and vibrant, instead of dull and institutional.”
University Neuropsychiatric Institute Expansion (Salt Lake City, Utah)
The jury praised this project for its use of flex rooms, outdoor areas and wireless technology. Its use of open space, one juror noted, demonstrates an effort to “identify and drive design from separate types of user groups.” Noting a “good balance between private and public space,” jurors were impressed with the “warmth of materials,” as well as the secure garden and open views in the dining room.
For a FULL DIGITAL VERSION of this year's showcase entries, click here.