CIBC Breast Assessment Centre, Juravinski Hospital

Hamilton, Ontario

Client: Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Size: 11,000 sq.ft. (1,000 sq.m.)

Designed using principles of salutogenesis, the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre is one of the first facilities in North America to emphasize emotional and physical health in its provision of breast cancer screening and diagnostic services. Located at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre in Hamilton, the project involved repurposing existing hospital space and creating an addition. Our design focused on creating a uniquely non-institutional experience for women and their families, from arrival at the sheltered garden-like entrance through to assessment and treatment, when interior colours, light, and views have powerful sway over the emotional response to being there. 

By integrating form, layout, natural materials, and an abundance of natural light, our design creates an oasis-like atmosphere that demonstrates the significant positive effect architecture can have in a healthcare environment. The pavilion and front entrance, with its human-scaled, cantilevered canopy embraced by the courtyard’s concrete walls, are nestled into the existing slope and framed by the hospital. The glazed pavilion, which functions as a waiting space, is wrapped in a facade of open wood slats that filters light into the interior while allowing views out to the garden. The interplay of shadows and the calming and sensory reminder of sun and breeze in the garden make the Centre feel more like a retreat than a healthcare facility. Waiting areas, resource areas, and education classrooms are carefully arranged and scaled to ensure privacy. This award-winning Centre is a design prototype for community-centred care, and is already a cherished facility. 


  • International Academy of Health & Design Award, Highly Commended International Health Project Under 40,000m2, 2017
  • City of Hamilton Urban Design & Architecture Awards - Award of Excellence in Architecture, 2015
  • International Academy of Health & Design Award, Best Future Health Project, 2012