October 6, 2022
The Hospital Unlocking a Design Formula for Better Family Care
For that, they commissioned health-care experts from Perkins&Will’s Atlanta and New York offices, and Charleston’s McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture. “It’s a health-care project and a commercial project, but still we wanted to create a welcoming, familiar place,” says Aiko Tanabe, senior interior designer at Perkins&Will. “We tried to create small moments for children to discover and create a wow factor.”
For mothers facing congenital issues and premature births, the architects created spaces twice the size of a typical room, so mother and child aren’t separated, as is usually the case. “The baby is in an incubator and the mother is in a family space to keep that family together,” Scheurer says. “It reduces complications, and the stay is actually shorter.”
Sited prominently on a peninsula where the Ashley River meets the Cooper, the 11-story hospital serves as a gateway to the city. Its curved facade offers panoramic views from a seventh-floor porch, and its ground-level park is used by patients, family, and community members. A three-part rooftop deck is designed for respite, gathering, and play.
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Inside, soft green and blue tones inspired by surrounding Lowcountry marshes soothe patients and visitors alike. “Charleston is pretty colorful, and the project is informed by nature and environment,” Tanabe says.
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