This final semester I took the things I have learned over the past year studying under ACHA Architect Rick Lipscomb and designed an Ambulatory Surgical Center in Plaquemine, La.
The program consisted of four operating rooms, a diagnostic imaging center, and shell space for doctor’s offices. I separated these uses and formed a complex with a great plaza space in the middle.
The lobby space lets in a lot of light because of its height and windows.
The plaza connects the doctors’ offices and the main surgery building and the imaging building. This becomes a great space to take a break while waiting on a loved one.
The entry is welcoming but not overpowering and scary. I wanted this to be a place that felt as comfortable as a home, yet still represented the prestige and intelligence of the doctors.
I took the vernacular elements that Plaquemine homes are made of and used them to make this hospital fit into the community. But I used them in a different way. I took the style of wood siding and used it as a way to sunscreen the curtain walls.