The new recently completed Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto was designed by our friends at Perkins+Will, in collaboration with HGA, an integrated architecture and engineering firm, with a view towards realizing Packard Children’s future vision of itself as the nation’s most technologically advanced, eco- and family-friendly hospital for pediatrics and obstetrics. The center places a large emphasis on holistic healing, embracing ready views of and access to the outdoors, abundant natural light, and sustainable features such as water recovery and landscape irrigation, the use of recycled/reclaimed local materials, and an external shading system which reduces the need for air conditioning. Packard Children’s uses 38% less water and 60% less energy than an average Northern Californian hospital, and is on course for LEED Gold certification. All floors for patient cares feature outdoor patios with overlooks; a non-denominational sanctuary opens onto a healing garden for quiet meditation or prayer.
In collaboration with landscape architecture firm DTAH, our friends at Perkins+Will redesigned the building which houses the Bank of Canada in Ottawa. The structure, originally designed by the Canadian architect Arthur Erickson in the 1930’s, later updated by the same in the 1970’s, required a number of important upgrades to meet today’s building standards and the perceived needs of contemporary workplaces; the stated goal of the creative team was to re-energize the offices, drawing inspiration from Erickson, many of whose works carefully integrated architecture and landscape design. DTAH and Perkins+Will introduced sculptural structures in crystalline glass to the building’s public plaza, which also serve as seating, and in the same space, took up the English slate which originally abounded there and replaced it with a locally sourced granite more resilient to cold weather. For the interiors, they transformed what was originally a program clearly delineated into private work areas into a more open work environment conducive to collaboration.