Our design reflects Vancouver Coastal Health’s unique whole brain approach, in which neuroscience, geriatric medicine, rehabilitation, mental health and addiction initiatives are integrated with interdisciplinary research in a way that has never been done before.
Integration, collaboration, flexibility, and sustainability are the core values for the new center. The project site is immediately adjacent to the Koerner Pavilion of the University of British Columbia hospital and is strategically poised to both unify health sciences while enhancing the cohesion of the larger campus.
We designed the components of the center to reflect principles and create unique functional spaces. The research laboratories are light and airy – Research Air – celebrating the optimism of the health sciences. The patient areas are of the garden – Clinic Ground – calm and supportive of a therapeutic environment characterized by light and nature. Synapse, key to positive brain function, was the inspiration for the Synapse Atrium – a network of space that ensures quality, frequency, and quantity of constructive collaboration between researcher, physician and patient.