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UNM CANCER CENTER

 

Desiring patients and their families to have an ‘uplifting’ experience at the Cancer Center, Director Sheryl Wilman tasked the design team with creating a ‘spa-like’ atmosphere. This directive influenced the building’s total architectural direction and governed each and every interior design decision – from the arrival sequence / lobby layout to accent tiles and art selections.

 

The Cancer Center’s central feature, the ‘lantern of hope’ atrium, serves as an organizing armature and brings natural light into all four above-grade floors of the building. Panes of colored glazing line the atrium to establish an ephemeral / contemplative atmosphere and set the color palate from which all other interior design selections take their cue. Reading more like a hospitality establishment than a hospital, the effect of the Cancer Center’s architectural and interior design strategy is this: in a place where patients come to stare down serious illness, we are all encouraged to contemplate the light of life.

 

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