Though not characteristic of the complex’s overall character, the main entrance was not functioning optimally and was far from friendly. BKSK was selected in the course of a limited competition to transform the entry experience—to provide a gateway that spoke of the 21st century Maimonides as a sustainable, high quality, patient-centered, contemporary institution. The work has become a centerpiece of the hospital’s centennial year promotional campaign. With the lobby completed, BKSK has shifted its focus to the design of a new chapel for visitors and patients.
Design work focused on opening up a series of cramped, ill-planned spaces, including the welcome desk, admitting and discharge rooms, gift shop, and coffee bar. It also sought to improve circulation and way-finding at the hospital’s most heavily-trafficked junction. By identifying under-utilized rooms and corners, the new scheme increased the usable square footage by 25%. Outside, a new deep canopy expands the center’s entry threshold and also yolks together the center’s existing wings—each built in a different era—with a coherent architectural language.
Americon Construction – general contractor; Weidlinger Associates – structural; AKF Engineers– MEP; Horton Lees Brogden – lighting design
Photos by David Katzenstein