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then riffed away. The constructs provide a common
language, but the improv style allowed for different
interpretations that keep the building as surprising
and unique as the community it serves.
A different kind of project in a very different kind
of neighborhood, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation's San Carlos Center in San Carlos, Calif. (also
designed by NBBJ, and winner of the Medical Office
Building Public Spaces category) reflects its community just as effectively. Located on a brownfield
site in a former industrial vacuum tube plant, the
new MOB represents a modern interpretation of the
area's historic missions and includes walking trails
for public use. Inside, local photography plays a big
role, highlighted in long, low, lighted niches in the
waiting areas on each floor. "It's really trying to bring
something familiar to this building, something artful,"
says Josie Briggs, senior associate and interior
designer for NBBJ.
Custom details enhance the welcoming environment throughout the interior. "We really wanted to
use natural materials and focus on craft," Briggs
says. "In a lot of areas, we have reclaimed wood
that has a local story. And we have other patterns
and textures that we custom designed," such as
a cut-metal ceiling element that mimics looking
up through trees and allows dappled light to filter
through.

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Top: Color and texture
play a huge role in defining
the character of the city
of New Orleans, and thus
feature prominently in the
interiors for University
Medical Center New
Orleans, designed by NBBJ.
Above: Private registration
areas reflect the owner
and design team's desire
to enhance one-on-one
connections, "between
one person in need, and
another able to help,"
says NBBJ Principal Janet
Dugan. Left: The subtle
pattern of scrollwork on
the patient room headwall
emphasizes New Orleans'
"patina and shadowed
imprint of heritage," Dugan
says.

COURTESY OF IIDA

Goal #1: Of the community
For this year's group of winners, the desire for each
space to feel "of the community" was a big theme.
This directive takes on particular significance in a
city as eclectic as New Orleans, and the designers
for University Medical Center New Orleans (UMC),
winner of the Community/Academic/Teaching Hospitals category, approached it from a fittingly unique
angle: the theme of "improvisation."
"Think of the way the cuisine, the music, the
arts, the urban fabric, and the whole culture have
formed," says Janet Dugan, principal at NBBJ
(Seattle). NBBJ and local design firm Blitch Knevel
share the honors in the IIDA competition. "Everything about New Orleans adheres to the rules of
improv," Dugan continues. "There are very strict
guidelines, and one is, we all agree to certain constructs and then you riff on that."
The constructs, in this case, started with a group
of key design elements and a bohemian color
palette with lots of wild hues-but weathered with
a patina that's commonly seen throughout the city.
"There are only a few very clear touches for wayfinding points, maybe one color that's still brilliant
and clear," Dugan says. "But this patinaed background provides a comfort and a security within.
And within that color palette we have a palette of
texture. You'll see that in the shadow imprints of
some of the scrollwork on the patient's headwall, in
the signage, in the perforated metal panels. Nothing is quite clear and distinct, which is true of New
Orleans."
The key elements-"a folded plane," "a precious
jewel," for example-were bigger design concepts
that recurred throughout the hospital. Broadly
speaking, interior designers working on different
areas of the hospital started with these elements
and the color palette (among other requirements),


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Editorial
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Monitor
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Hitting the Mark
View From the Top
Echoing the Landscape
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Research
Special Supplement: 2015 Remodel/Renovation Competition
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Special Advertising Section: Remodel/Renovation Directory
Special Supplement: 2015 Product Innovation Awards
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