Design Thinking: 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. 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 where materials, light, and views have powerful sway over the emotional response to being there.
Key Features: 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 façade of open wood slats that filters light into the interior while allowing views out to the garden. Waiting areas, resource areas, and classrooms are carefully arranged and scaled to ensure privacy.
Client: Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Size: 11,000 sq.ft. (1,000 sq.m.)
• International Academy of Health & Design Award – International Health Project under 40,000 m2, 2017
• City of Hamilton Urban Design & Architecture Awards – Award of Excellence in Architecture, 2015
• International Academy of Health & Design Award – Future Health Project, 2012