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Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health

Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Eskenazi Health is one of the world’s largest LEED Gold healthcare campuses. The environmentally responsible certification spans four different building types: healthcare, office, restaurant and utility plants.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Beyond the LEED checklist, Eskenazi Health challenged HOK to create a biophilic design that promotes both human health and holistic sustainability. The team sought to balance the complex technology of modern medicine with the body’s inherent need for an environment that supports rest, reduces stress and restores health from within. In addition to its short-term benefits related to stress reduction and healing, biophilia can provide long-term health benefits by giving people repeated and prolonged contact with nature.
Beyond the LEED checklist, Eskenazi Health challenged HOK to create a biophilic design that promotes both human health and holistic sustainability. The team sought to balance the complex technology of modern medicine with the body’s inherent need for an environment that supports rest, reduces stress and restores health from within. In addition to its short-term benefits related to stress reduction and healing, biophilia can provide long-term health benefits by giving people repeated and prolonged contact with nature.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
The Eskenazi Health Sky Farm, a 5,000-sq.-ft. rooftop fruit and vegetable garden above the clinical building, promotes healthy eating habits and connects patients and staff with nature. The garden yields about 3,000 pounds of produce per year and even has a bee hive with 500 bees to increase crop production. The Sky Farm is open to the public and hosts year-round classes on healthy eating. Seating areas offer visitors a quiet space to enjoy the outside. Produce grown in the garden is served in the hospital and in a campus restaurant.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Engineering the dramatic cantilevers
Rather than create a single imposing facility, the design team assembled hospital elements into distinct programs housed in a series of linked buildings and spaces. The planes and frames of the patient tower’s colored glass curtain wall lend it a sculptural appearance.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
One of the structural design challenges was how to incorporate a nine-story, 60-foot-high cantilever on the bed tower. The original architectural vision was for a basic cantilever stair system. Late in the design process, this grew to include a stair and a conference room—a large area of the building. The team determined that the best solution was to add large trusses one-story deep in the fourth-floor mechanical space. To allow facade construction to advance before the steel erection above the trusses was complete, HOK’s engineering team worked closely with the contractor on deflection control.
One of the structural design challenges was how to incorporate a nine-story, 60-foot-high cantilever on the bed tower. The original architectural vision was for a basic cantilever stair system. Late in the design process, this grew to include a stair and a conference room—a large area of the building. The team determined that the best solution was to add large trusses one-story deep in the fourth-floor mechanical space. To allow facade construction to advance before the steel erection above the trusses was complete, HOK’s engineering team worked closely with the contractor on deflection control.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Using lighting to enhance the healthcare experience
HOK’s lighting design team approached this project with a goal of using the exterior and interior lighting to inspire feelings of comfort and calm. A “day in the life” exercise helped the team understand the optimum day and evening lighting levels for patients. The glass facades allow for a profusion of natural light. Interior lighting levels support the key activities in the lobby, waiting rooms and patient rooms.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Eskenazi Health is one of the world’s largest LEED Gold healthcare campuses. The environmentally responsible certification spans four different building types: healthcare, office, restaurant and utility plants.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Beyond the LEED checklist, Eskenazi Health challenged HOK to create a biophilic design that promotes both human health and holistic sustainability. The team sought to balance the complex technology of modern medicine with the body’s inherent need for an environment that supports rest, reduces stress and restores health from within. In addition to its short-term benefits related to stress reduction and healing, biophilia can provide long-term health benefits by giving people repeated and prolonged contact with nature.
Beyond the LEED checklist, Eskenazi Health challenged HOK to create a biophilic design that promotes both human health and holistic sustainability. The team sought to balance the complex technology of modern medicine with the body’s inherent need for an environment that supports rest, reduces stress and restores health from within. In addition to its short-term benefits related to stress reduction and healing, biophilia can provide long-term health benefits by giving people repeated and prolonged contact with nature.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
The Eskenazi Health Sky Farm, a 5,000-sq.-ft. rooftop fruit and vegetable garden above the clinical building, promotes healthy eating habits and connects patients and staff with nature. The garden yields about 3,000 pounds of produce per year and even has a bee hive with 500 bees to increase crop production. The Sky Farm is open to the public and hosts year-round classes on healthy eating. Seating areas offer visitors a quiet space to enjoy the outside. Produce grown in the garden is served in the hospital and in a campus restaurant.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Engineering the dramatic cantilevers
Rather than create a single imposing facility, the design team assembled hospital elements into distinct programs housed in a series of linked buildings and spaces. The planes and frames of the patient tower’s colored glass curtain wall lend it a sculptural appearance.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
One of the structural design challenges was how to incorporate a nine-story, 60-foot-high cantilever on the bed tower. The original architectural vision was for a basic cantilever stair system. Late in the design process, this grew to include a stair and a conference room—a large area of the building. The team determined that the best solution was to add large trusses one-story deep in the fourth-floor mechanical space. To allow facade construction to advance before the steel erection above the trusses was complete, HOK’s engineering team worked closely with the contractor on deflection control.
One of the structural design challenges was how to incorporate a nine-story, 60-foot-high cantilever on the bed tower. The original architectural vision was for a basic cantilever stair system. Late in the design process, this grew to include a stair and a conference room—a large area of the building. The team determined that the best solution was to add large trusses one-story deep in the fourth-floor mechanical space. To allow facade construction to advance before the steel erection above the trusses was complete, HOK’s engineering team worked closely with the contractor on deflection control.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Using lighting to enhance the healthcare experience
HOK’s lighting design team approached this project with a goal of using the exterior and interior lighting to inspire feelings of comfort and calm. A “day in the life” exercise helped the team understand the optimum day and evening lighting levels for patients. The glass facades allow for a profusion of natural light. Interior lighting levels support the key activities in the lobby, waiting rooms and patient rooms.
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
Holistic Sustainability, Biophilic Design and Human Health
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