Shifting the paradigm for healthcare delivery
The success of modern medicine means that people with chronic disease are living longer, but how can we maximize the quality of that life? Built in the 1960’s, the existing hospital lacked the space and amenities to provide the transformative care that defines healthcare today. Bridgepoint sets a new standard for chronic disease management and rehabilitation, taking a step towards an improved quality of life for Torontonians living with chronic disease.
Located at the eastern edge of Toronto’s core, the site is bordered by a park, residential community, major highway, and a historic jail. A new architecture of wellness is achieved by optimizing the therapeutic benefit of nature for healing. All patient rooms, therapy spaces and lounges offer dramatic park and city views. At ground level, an ‘urban porch’ is accessible to all, encourages interaction via café, auditorium, library and terrace spaces. Shared therapy and convalescent spaces on levels 5 and 10 act as ‘sky gardens’ with access to outdoor space.
As part of the project, the 1864 Don Jail has been transformed into administration space, giving the community an opportunity to access, explore and understand the history of the site.
This highly successful project has been widely recongized by the health and design industries, earning more than 20 design awards including a Governor General's Medal in Architecture, UK Civic Trust Award, and Architectural Record's Good Design is Good Business Award.
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