Highlighting the Forest
The design team highlighted the forest that surrounds the site by echoing the vertical elements in the exposed framework of the building’s entry and through the pairs of offset vertical windows along the wing.
The project was designed to fit the site and remain architecturally relevant to Bainbridge Island and the Pacific Northwest. With this in mind, the design team highlighted the forest that surrounds the site by echoing the vertical elements onto the building’s façade. These elements are repeated in the exposed framework of the building’s entry and through the pairs of offset vertical windows along the wing. Metal trellises reach skyward at right angles to continue this theme, with the intention that vines will grow to provide shading from the sun to the west and further integrate the building with the forest behind it.
Naturally, the most important goal of the project was to ensure a positive experience for patients and visitors. Details like proportions, color, and scale were used to make the space feel welcoming. The glass-filled area, projecting out from the wings of the building, creates a clear, inviting entry. Daylighting and connections to the natural surroundings were conscious design decisions intended to improve wellbeing and lower stress levels of occupants. A “pod” design concept was implemented, in which patient’s rooms surround a main area that a doctor and their team work from. This reduces the time doctors have to spend walking to their patients, tracking down nurses, and sending in labs, which translates to efficiency in the office and better care and privacy for patients.