Proving that even radiation treatment rooms and accelerators can be part of beautiful design, the 2016 HealthCare Design Showcase jury has given an Award of Merit to Kaiser Permanente’s Kraemer Radiation Oncology Center in Anaheim, California.
“Kaiser Permanente had a vision for a cancer treatment facility that was unlike others of similar function, which for practical purposes are most often in the basement, buried below ground to shield the accelerators and contain radiation,” says Mehrdad Yazdani, director of Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign in Los Angeles.
“To alleviate the stress and discomfort that comes with treatment, we harnessed natural light, views to nature, and soothing interior colors to create a calming and nature-oriented experience that feels more like a spa than a diagnostic and treatment center. The three linear accelerator treatment rooms are located at the heart of the building, enclosed within three-foot-thick concrete walls. A glass wall stretches across the footwall of each room, opening onto a Zen garden and a plush vertical garden.”
The three main procedure spaces (the linear accelerator, or LINAC, vaults) sit at the heart of the structure, surrounded by the support functions. A garden was sited at the end of every corridor in the building.
“Bringing in landscape, light, and color palettes that were soothing was very important,” Yazdani says, “and one of the main features is the Zen garden, which is immediately visible from the LINAC rooms.”
Balancing daylight access with a sense of privacy was another concern that was met with a grand-scale, architectural solution that helps the centre stand out in its surroundings. “The exterior façade has a fritted-glass treatment where we use imagery of the forest to reinforce the relationship of the building to the landscape,” Yazdani explains. “The density of the glass varies depending on privacy needs while still allowing exposure to views and daylight.”
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