Memorial Sloan Kettering, the largest private cancer treatment and research center in the world, tapped three firms to collaborate on a major ground-up outpatient hospital. The resulting Koch Center is a 25-floor, 750,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building, the city’s largest freestanding cancer-care facility. Perkins Eastman, the medical planner and interior designer of the clinical spaces, worked with Ennead on the building’s architecture and skin. The experiential design, public spaces, and patient rooms were the purview of ICrave, with an emphasis on aesthetically and conceptually reimagining what an outpatient treatment environment can and should be. LEED Gold certified, the structure contains 231 exam, 110 infusion, and 37 procedure rooms, and 16 private inpatient rooms for short stays, as well as expansive public areas. “We designed the center to bring together patients healing from similar diseases in a hospitality-driven environment that fosters communication between and reduces stress for patients, families, and staff,” Perkins Eastman co-founder Mary-Jean Eastman says. “We asked ourselves, Can we design a facility that’s an actual participant in your cure?” ICrave founder Lionel Ohayon adds. “We’ve always been focused on the emotive response that people have to our spaces, it’s the why of our practice.”
Project Team: Lionel Ohayon; David Taglione; Renee Joosten; Nicole Ravasini; Kim Lanza; Eric Swiy; Bingjie Duan; Josephine Lee; Freddy Correa; Yuwei Wang (Icrave); Mary-Jean EastMan; Bradford L. Perkins; Jeffrey Brand; Federico Del Priore; Pamela Basch; Evan Schwartz; James ButterField; Dario Brito; Maureen Carley-Vallejo; Kathleen Byrne; Joanne Violanti (Perkins Eastman Architects); Todd SchlieMann; Joseph Fleischer; Don Weinreich; Melissa Sarko; Alex O’briant; Kathleen Kulpa; Hsin-Yi Wu; Zach Olczak; Yong Roh; Margaret Tyrpa; Duho Choi; Alfonso Gorini; Kyo-Young Jin; Stephen Kim; John Majewski; James Macho; Charles Brainerd (Ennead Architects).