Nature Inspired Design
Increased Comfort & Convenience.
Bringing the Outside In
The project at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is the renovation of an underutilized area in an existing building (approximately 6800 SF) to expand primary care services for their community.
The naturally restorative powers of nature that surround the hospital were the initial inspiration for the design and have been augmented by an additional planting bed that greets guests as they travel the path leading to the main entrance. Upon entering the facility, the experience is influenced using color and forms that are reminiscent of elements that surround the facility: water, sand, and stone. Natural light fills the patient/family support area where seating is provided, should waiting be required. In keeping with the vernacular of Martha’s Vineyard, the limited exterior modifications were designed to respect the existing building and reinforce the New England style architecture with features that present a welcoming residential quality while providing a professional supportive experience.
The 16 patient exam rooms were designed addressing the safety and confidentiality of patient/family and staff, as well as efficiently supporting their clinical and administrative functions. MD/RN rooms and other staff support spaces were designed working with the providers to offer appropriate spaces for further documentation, consultations, and when time allows, a lounge filled with natural light to take a break and recharge with lockers to secure personal belongings.