Healthcare Environment Awards 2013
Designer: Minglu Lin, Clemson University
Where: Asheville, North Carolina (location of the proposed project)
Clemson University student Minglu Lin designed a palliative hospice care facility that inspires a serene and poetic feeling for its residents. The building appears as an eye-catching, floating box, which contains family support and administration, and sits atop a transparent, glass-enclosed lobby.
The central courtyard contains a healing garden where residents can grow their own food. A water feature flows to a pool below a chapel, and the water is a focal point for an outdoor meditation space. Residents are encouraged to interact with each other in the wider-than-normal corridors, and seating areas provide a view of the central courtyard. Rooms are designed with a family zone for increased privacy that contributes to the needs of long-term care. A patio and light well encourage a calming connection to the outdoors.
The jury praised Lin’s ability to “raise the level of the conversation” about long-term care. “Having a new generation take a look at how we treat people at that point in their life,” a juror says, “and incorporating nature into it—that is nice.”