Encompassing nearly 60,000 square feet, the outpatient unit addition to the Buchanan County Health Center offers a brilliant transformation of the existing one-story hospital and employs a simple diagram layout as a counterpoint to the 1960s facility. Relying less on signage and more on architectural visual cues through the use of Ipe cladding along both vertical and horizontal circulation paths, the design provides easy identification for patients, staff and guests. The new outpatient environments are oriented to capitalize on natural daylighting strategies and the known connection between healing and nature. The design utilizes low-maintenance, extremely durable cladding materials that relate it to the rural context. These natural materials were extrapolated into the interior through the use of travertine tile and natural wood finishes, creating a visually warm and welcoming addition.
Mason City, IA