Shelter, Light, Connectivity
Fundamentally patient focused, the design uses curved wood forms and soft sculptural elements that evoke a gentle, healing touch. Together these create individual, protected treatment experiences. Despite a large floorplate, daylight guides patients and staff throughout, with iconic new skylight enclosures and radial corridors framing views of nature. The facility strengthens a team-based care approach to effectively connect clinicians and staff in real-time collaboration.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Newton, MA / United States
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IN THE NEWS
George E. Marsh Jr, FAIA
Michael Hinchcliffe, AIA, LEED AP
Mollica Manandhar, AIA, LEED AP
Susan Blomquist, AIA, LEED AP
Imaging and Lab Planner
Carolyn Booth, AIA
Marceli Botticelli, AIA
I felt home, I felt welcome, comforted, I felt a sense of hope. It's amazing how the design and aesthetics of a place can be just as impactful as the people within it. That special sauce didn't just happen, it was created and nurtured here at Chestnut Hill.DFCI Chestnut Hill Patient
SHELTERED PATIENT EXPERIENCE
Functioning as a “pod,” three open bays, two private rooms, a nurse station and patient bathroom make up the modular unit that repeats to form a cohesive Infusion Therapy suite. Curved wood soffits, soft and welcoming staff stations, and bright ceiling accents come together to form a unified patient experience.
The project represents a significant achievement in the adaptive reuse of an idiosyncratic retail structure into a full-service outpatient cancer care center. The program creatively adapts to the existing structure with minimal structural and mechanical interventions. Among other technically complex programs, the space now accommodates multiple advanced imaging devices, such as vibration sensitive MRI’s and heavily shielded CT, PET-CT, and SPECT-CT scanners.
Photography (c) Robert Benson Photography