Willson Hospice House Site Design

Albany, Georgia

Project Info
Willson Hospice House Site Design
Albany, Georgia
Project Siz:e 205 acres (83 hectares)
Completion: 2010
AIA National Healthcare Design Awards, 2012.
Honor Award, 2012. Georgia ASLA.
First Healthcare Facility in the World Designated a Certified Silver Audubon International Signature Sanctuary, 2010.

Gardens for rest and reflection, spaces for gathering or solitude — all within a peaceful setting where built and natural palettes meet like fingers intertwined..

Located on small wooded knoll surrounded on two sides by wetlands, the Willson Hospice site is designed to preserve as much of the campus as possible while capitalizing on its value through a diverse network of trails and boardwalks. Gardens and architectural pods are woven together to provide the best inside and outside experience.

The approach to the hospice is through a winding wooded drive that opens to reveal a Healing Garden filled with medicinal plants as the forefront to the architecture. To the north, a small outdoor chapel embraces the surrounding wooded grove. To the south, a path network winds through a series of healing gardens and open spaces. The most significant of these gardens is centered on the chapel building pod. A specimen Live Oak provides the focus from the Chapel Garden and beyond.