Embedded in the shops at Assembly Row in Somerville and located in the podium of the Partner’s Healthcare Building, the Imaging Suite storefront design will balance emoting MGB’s brand while still respecting the established design fabric at Assembly Row.
MGB’s goal was reducing the anxiety and length of the MRI imaging experience. The layout of the suite was designed to accommodate detachable MRI imaging tables where patients are placed while in prep rooms before being wheeled on their backs into one of the MRI Rooms. In response to this care model, the ceiling and lighting design took on a new level of importance for the patient experience. A vertical, curved ceiling shape with indirect color-changing lighting was incorporated along the length main circulation corridor.
The double floor-to-floor height of the existing space allowed for the creation of three-dimensional geometric ceiling features within the MRI Room that mimicked sculptural skylights and were equipped with lighting that can change to the patient’s color preference.
The simple finish palette of white oak and tile was intended to create a soothing and welcoming arrival and preparation experience. The presence of curvilinear walls both direct and soften the patient’s perception of the space. Custom art interpreting nature in various mediums and styles was overlaid into the space to further support healing and calm environment.
Photography (c) Warren Jagger