Type of facility: Children's outpatient center
Client: Mission Hospitals, Asheville
Project architect: Stanley Beaman & Sears, Atlanta
Construction manager: Bovis Lend Lease, Charlotte, N.C.
Completed: March 2006
Size: 66,000 square feet
Cost: $13 million
Cost per square foot: $197
A playful foliage theme-featuring leaf-patterned carpets, desks with tree-like canopies and metal leaf sculptures-works to entertain and set at ease the children coming to the center's medical and surgical subspecialty clinics for treatment. It also mimics characteristics of the adjacent forest on the historic Biltmore estate.
Judges admire additions such as the wavy, caterpillar-like couches, frog-adorned play chairs and an interactive kinetic sculpture, which add to the nature motif and create an inviting setting for children of all ages without becoming overwhelming or seeming kitschy. "The ambience is playful without being cutesy," says contest judge Marsha Berger. "They really deserved recognition for something like that."
Each department features wood-paneled front desks with inlaid patterns of oak, fern and magnolia leaves, and the main reception desk overlooks the nearby forest. One judge notes how the pillars of indigenous stone line the exterior and interior walls, which along with wood-paneled ceilings and muted metal sculptures, add balance to the bright green, red and yellow color palette throughout the facility.
"They did a very good job with color-it's the right proportion of color to noncolor," says judge David Thompson. "The stone they brought in, the bits of wood used gave a richness of natural materials to the space. And the metal leaf sculptures used throughout took nature and kind of made it supersized."