SickKids Atrium

Toronto, Ontario

Client: The Hospital for Sick Children
Size: 1,201,000 sq.ft. (112,000 sq.m.)

Zeidler Partnership was called upon to develop a Master Plan in association with a hospital consultant for the redevelopment of this major health care facility. The award-winning 572-bed Atrium patient tower, which replaced all the inpatient units in the existing facility, has 96 inpatient beds and 4 Nursing Stations on each typical floor. The total area of this phase is 1,200,000 sf. The eight-level building contains 790,650 sf of space and the four-level, below-grade parking garage adds 950 car spaces and support facilities in its 410,350 sf area. Public space is significantly increased primarily with the large double atrium. Vibrant, colourful and apologetically playful, the space provides a positive healing environment with its landscaping and artwork, as well as improved orientation. The hospital, located on a constrained urban site maintained effective operations throughout the program of new construction and renovation.

The program includes: Admitting, Emergency, Ambulatory Radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Surgical Suite with 14 Operating Rooms, Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Pharmacy, Service Laboratories (such as Biochemistry and Haematology), Material Management, Receiving, Central Stores and Linen, Central Sterile Room, Cafeteria with seating for 722, Kitchen, and Main Entrance. Treatment and support facilities are consolidated, and public space significantly increased.


  • American Institute of Architects - Academy of Architecture for Health - Citation of Recognition for Paediatric Intensive Care), 1995
  • Financial Post - Fourth Annual Financial Post Design Effectiveness Award - Best Architectural Design, 1995
  • National Symposium on Healthcare Design - Sixth Annual Healthcare Environment Award - New Construction Category, 1994
  • Canadian Architect - Award of Excellence, 1986