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A Healing Garden for Injured Service Members

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Healing Garden
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

The US government selected WRNMMC as one of three locations to house an outdoor healing garden.

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center provides world-class facilities for the medical treatment of injured service members and other Department of Defense personnel.

HOK’s design transformed an existing courtyard space between two buildings into a healing garden. The site is near the main lobby and provides easy access to both the inpatient beds and the outpatient dormitory.

The design incorporates positive distractions and a multi-sensory experience within a combination of open and closed spaces. Visitors experience the healing garden in stages.

The western courtyard features planted earth forms that divide spaces into public and private areas, a one-story water wall and an enclosed glass atrium that acts as a transition space and relaxes the sensitive patient environment.

The eastern courtyard provides a series of stone ramps and sloped gardens that offer access into the garden from the campus, terminating at a large reflecting pool.

SIZE

1 acre / .4 hectares

SERVICES

Landscape Architecture