Rarely can organizations say that their building is the first. New facilities are often inspired by what has been done before. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the first-ever “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same flexible spaces, 24/7, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying (or “translating”) research real time. Concepts integral to translational health drove the planning and design. Every inch of the building is care; every inch is research. The thoughtful design of space unites with bold, motivating interior graphics and wayfinding to support the patient experience, enhance therapy and motivate patients in their recovery. Curved walls allow for “frictionless” movement, especially for people with physical disabilities and those who use wheelchairs for mobility. Access to natural light is maximized.
Jury Notes: This building has a beautiful faceted skin, as well as inspired and colorful interiors. The flow and transparency between spaces is a welcome design paradigm shift and appears to generously support wellness and recovery.