Healthcare Design - March 2018 - 26
ABOV E : The sanctuary's roof line is defined by a bright chartreuse band of
color, inspired by the edge wraps from Chihuly's "Macchia" series. TOP L E F T:
The building's undulating form creates private niches for reflection, meditation,
or prayer. Here, the "Azure and Jade Persian Ceiling" installation fills the space
with light and color.
COURTESY OF HDR © 2017 COREY GAFFER (TOP); © 2017 DAN SCHWALM/HDR (BOTTOM)
collaborated on the two-story sanctuary, which is
situated between the hospital and research tower.
Chihuly's fascination with nature and flowers is
evident throughout the space, beginning with its
organic shape, which is modeled after his "Macchia"
series of large, free-flowing glass vessels in brilliant
colors. The building's glass façade is accentuated by
a delicate frit pattern with minute ceramic and glass
particles fused to glass, suggestive of rain drops.
The space overlooks Leslie's Healing Garden, providing a connection between the flower-inspired
art pieces inside the sanctuary and the natural environment found outside. The garden's shape and
pathways also mimic the form of the sanctuary.
The centerpiece is a large open cone called the
Reflection Room, which is inspired by British glassmaking shops from the 1700s. An oculus in the ceiling is framed by crystal sconces and provides a view
to the skies above, while the doors to the room are
wide enough to accommodate a rolling hospital bed
for patients who aren't ambulatory.
Intimate niches and alcoves surround the cone,
and benches are available so visitors can rest, meditate, pray, or simply admire the light playing off the
artwork. Here, there is also ample room to navigate