Seattle Children's Hospital, South Clinic
Architect: ZGF Architects LLP
Location: Seattle, Washington
Category D: Innovations in Planning and Design Research, Built and Unbuilt
Seattle Children's South Clinic advances the current hub-and-spoke model of healthcare that brings outpatient services closer to patients in their communities to offer more responsive care while reducing demand for acute care services. The clinic was designed with a focus on patient flow so providers can serve patients quickly and efficiently. Located in the Seattle suburb of Federal Way and within a shopping center—with existing parking and adjacent community destinations—the design adapts a former Circuit City store into a 37,000-square-foot outpatient clinic that houses urgent care, occupational and physical therapy, and a number of specialty services.
The jury applauds the transformation of a big box retail store into a simple, sophisticated and elegant healthcare clinic. From ideation to execution the layering of color and perforated skin adds architectural quality to the façade. The iconography is playful without being childish welcoming patients and families into the building. The selective use of color is balanced with a wood screen wall which anchors the interior space. Visibility into the basketball court from the waiting area and benches along the corridor are a nice touch.