Duke Medicine Pavilion Plaza
Durham, North Carolina
Size: 20,000 square feet
LEED Gold Certification
The Landscape Architecture Awards for Healthcare Environments, Bronze Award, 2013
At the heart of the Duke University Medical Center, the Duke Medicine Pavilion welcomes patients and visitors with a new elevated plaza. This elegant space connects the three surrounding buildings and provides opportunities for gathering and respite beyond the hospital walls.
The entire site is designed to create a calming experience through simplicity of forms and color selection. The focal point of the space is a specimen Japanese Maple tree that sits on one side of an ellipse precast wall. Within this ellipse, an alternative gathering space invites informal meetings and outdoor dining. Three rows of giant bamboo planters accentuate the shape of the space and reflect the verticality of the buildings. On the south end of the plaza, a canopy pitches water onto a special band in the plaza surface which allows for infiltration to the drainage system. The plaza strategically conceals all mechanical equipment underneath it, including several large emergency generators, and creates instead a beautiful, valuable space for all to enjoy.
This project also includes an elevated garden as part of a waiting area on the third floor of the hospital. The garden is planted with healing herbs and detailed with seasonal color to create a moment of natural tranquility within the busy hospital environment. The entire project is targeting LEED Gold Certification.