University of Florida, Clinical Translational Research Building Site Design

Gainesville, Florida

Project Info
University of Florida, Clinical Translational Research Building Site Design
Gainesville, Florida
Project Size: 3 acres (1.2 hectares)
Completion: 2013

Healing gardens for patients and researchers provide respite while sustaining life on site and within the watershed.

Sustaining life itself provides healing, the center pillar of the design philosophy behind the Institute on Aging (IOA-CTRB), which serves as the home for a number of active research training programs on aging.

At the site level, the goal is to promote a place that will restore the systems of life on site and within its watershed, encourage the creation of communities where the majority of people can lead their daily lives without the need of a car, and promote the idea of true sustainability by encouraging urban agriculture within the project boundaries.

Borrowing from the theory of Biophilic design, the site manifests in its structure the inherent human affinity to affiliate with natural systems and processes. It embodies a naturalistic dimension that reveals itself in the form of a leaf. As the leaf is drawn in the canvas of the site it begins to work as leaf structures are intended to do, by carrying storm water through vein-like channels into a central creek/mid rib that finally discharges its content into a retention pond.