Today, it is well understood that natural light in healthcare facilities can greatly enhance the well-being of patients and medical staff, and also to minimize operating costs. But most healthcare facilities do not effectively utilize natural light. Why are we foregoing those benefits?
Healthy architecture is a life-changing and contemporary design concept that has been evolving for decades. With the introduction of certifications including LEED, BREEAM, WELL and Fitwel – healthy architecture is the forefront of building construction.
Acclaimed as a marvel in modern architecture, Northwestern University’s Global Hub is home to the Kellogg School of Management and some of the greatest business minds of today.
In Whitby, Ontario, Canada, a local charity is changing the world for people with disabilities by creating opportunities through sports, arts and life skills programming – and is acclaimed around the world for doing so!
Recognized as an International Center of Excellence for its fully accessible design and inclusive environment, Abilities Center is a hub of activity, bustling with people of all ages and abilities 363 days a year.
Whether heading on vacation to a sunny paradise, travelling across the country for business or heading out of state to visit family, the airport departures hall is where it all begins.
Nestled in Barrie, Ontario, Canada is the Georgian College – a pioneering institute that is more than a place for students to earn a diploma or degree. It’s a place where students are encouraged to “innovate with faculty, industry and community partners to turn ideas into products and grow the regional economy.” (Georgiancollege.ca).
It’s known as one of the most respected cultural landmarks in the Caribbean, is home to more than 4,500 iconic works of art, and attracts tens of thousands of tourists annually…the Museo de Arte in Ponce, Puerto Rico is a brilliant showcase of design and daylighting by renowned architect Edward Durrell Stone.
The museum was completed in 1965 and was funded by founder, Mr. Luis A Ferré Aguayo,
Nearly three years ago, architects Diller, Scofidio + Renfro broke ground on the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives’ (BAM/PFA) $112 million expansion and renovation. Diller, Scofidio + Renfro successfully merged old and new into a dynamic state-of-the-art home for BAM/PFA’s offices, collections, and programs. The project integrates a 48,000-square-foot Art Deco–style building, formerly the University of California Berkeley printing plant, with a 35,000-square-foot new structure.
The healing benefits of daylighting are proven on humans who recover faster with fewer complications given well daylit environments in healthcare facilities …so why wouldn’t they provide the same benefits to animals? This question was influential when Diamond Schmitt Architects of Toronto, Canada in partnership with DesignLeveL Inc. started designing the Toronto Zoo’s $19.1 million state-of-the-art Wildlife Health Centre.
Maintaining the integrity of a century old, 10-storey historic property while undergoing a rehabilitation and expansion is no easy feat. Now, add the challenge of maximizing daylight and honouring the artistry of Canada’s premier dance facility—Espace Danse at the Wilder Building in Montreal, Canada. Architects Lapointe Magne and Associates and Aedifica’s end work is a unique and whimsical masterpiece.