July 19, 2015
by Canadian Architect
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Toronto for a 2015 AIA National Healthcare Design Award. It is the single winner in the category of Built Project Over $25 Million in Construction Cost.
Bridgepoint addresses the needs of those coping with complex chronic disease. The design gives architectural expression to the salutogenic approach to healthcare – one that connects with a person’s sense of physical and emotional wellbeing – by providing access to nature and an abundance of natural light and views. From animated public spaces to intimate private ones, Bridgepoint embraces community and landscape. “The distinction between public and private space has been deliberately blurred to support community engagement and patient access to nature,” said Greg Colucci, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.
“This building optimizes its expansive views and an abundance of natural light to create an uplifting and restorative environment for patients and staff,” commented the AAH jury. “The plan is clearly laid out, with strategically placed lounges and common spaces. The rooftop public garden and seating area is a great amenity for patients and staff which completes the facility’s strong connection to its natural setting.”
A third-party post-occupancy study validates the design intent as experienced by patients and staff. This assessment of the qualitative aspects of the hospital design by its users is unique for a Canadian healthcare facility.
The jury also commented on the restoration and incorporation of the adjacent historic Don Jail (1864) as part of Bridgepoint. “By renovating the site’s former jail into administrative offices, the design connects the facility to the history of the site and enriches the entire complex.”
Bridgepoint Active Healthcare is a collaborative design undertaking. Stantec Architecture/KPMB Architects acted as Planning, Design and Compliance Architects and HDR Architecture/Diamond Schmitt Architects are the architects to the Design, Build, Finance and Maintain consortium responsible for the design as constructed and are the Architects of Record. Previous recognition for the LEED Silver-certified facility includes a Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Award in the Institutional Category, a Design Excellence Award from the Ontario Architects Association, and a Heritage Canada Adaptive Reuse Award.
exterior of bridgepoint active healthcare in toronto