Bronson Hospital Atrium
We focused on creating a healing environment, with comfort and ease of use built into the design. Nature, art, music and light all play a role in creating a welcoming atmosphere, assisting wayfinding, and in supporting the healing process. And, a significant innovation at the time-all-private rooms.
Redeveloping in a downtown urban environment was a challenge as we sought to bring the outdoors in. We were also mindful to create a building façade that was low rise and reflected the "look" of the neighborhood.
The Garden Atrium in the center of the facility provides a quiet place for reflection surrounded by plants, a view of the outdoors, and a water feature. Landscape views of the outdoors are available from almost every vantage point. Wayfinding is enhanced with natural light in entries and hallways, open circulation, limited internal corridors, a balance of natural and artificial light, and many places for activity and rest.
Art is an integral part of the Bronson experience. Commissioned art and revolving art gallery are the result of a collaboration with area schools, and arts council. There is sculpture indoors and outdoors, and soothing music plays overhead throughout the campus. A grand piano in the garden atrium adds to the relaxing atmosphere there.