Unveiled: Stanford’s New Hospitals

October 23rd, 2008

KPF and Viñoly design two facilities for the Stanford University Medical Center

By Aaron Seward — The Architects Newspaper,

Today, officials at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital unveiled designs for two new facilities—one by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and the other by Rafael Viñoly Architects—to be built at the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California.

Bill Pedersen was on hand to present his firm’s contribution, a 104-bed expansion of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. In addition to solving the institution’s capacity issues, KPF’s design seeks to create a narrative that will give comfort to the children who receive treatment there. This narrative was cast as a journey: beginning in the lobby, a space dubbed the Explorer’s Pavilion, continuing on a trail that wends its way along a garden path, and ending in the patients’ rooms, which were envisioned as “nests.” Other spaces that might add to a child’s sense of wonder were also incorporated into the design, including “tree houses” and “overlooks” that provide perspectives of the garden.

“As waves emanate from a stone tossed into a tranquil pool, our design is influenced by nature radiating from a healing garden,” Pedersen commented in a statement.

Today, officials at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital unveiled designs for two new facilities—one by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and the other by Rafael Viñoly Architects—to be built at the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California.

Bill Pedersen was on hand to present his firm’s contribution, a 104-bed expansion of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. In addition to solving the institution’s capacity issues, KPF’s design seeks to create a narrative that will give comfort to the children who receive treatment there. This narrative was cast as a journey: beginning in the lobby, a space dubbed the Explorer’s Pavilion, continuing on a trail that wends its way along a garden path, and ending in the patients’ rooms, which were envisioned as “nests.” Other spaces that might add to a child’s sense of wonder were also incorporated into the design, including “tree houses” and “overlooks” that provide perspectives of the garden.

“As waves emanate from a stone tossed into a tranquil pool, our design is influenced by nature radiating from a healing garden,” Pedersen commented in a statement.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Client: Stanford University Medical Center Location: Palo Alto, California Completion: Construction to begin in 2010

Stanford Hospital Architect: Rafael Viñoly Architects Client: Stanford University Medical Center Location: Palo Alto, California Completion: Construction to begin in 2010