“The site was extremely challenging,” says Ian Bader, a partner with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. “The strategy we developed was to find a way to overcome the restraints of the site by celebrating its views of the river.”
He adds that an “opportunistic” solution to space constraints was to build on the same level as one existing facility and then merely extend the floors while carving out an atrium between the heart center and its other neighbor and then connecting several floors through a series of glass bridges across the atrium.
“This is a very beautiful design and really does take advantage of the site and the available views,” says Jocelyn Frederick, a principal with Tsoi/Kobus & Associates and a Design Awards judge, who adds that the architects created “a very nice presence” in a “very tight, complex site.”
Summing it up, she called the project “a very New York solution.”
Awards judge Aurelio Posada, senior architectural designer with HuntonBrady Architects, describes the facility as having a “restrained but very elegant interior,” while specifically describing how the atrium—even “with minimal elements”—was still “very powerful.”