New York Dermatology Group, New York

Designed by: Brandon Haw Architecture
For client: New York Dermatology Group Floor area: 560.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Healthcare Centre of the Year

Public Score
6.39 Function
6.25 Innovation
6.35 Creativity
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View of treatment room with en-suite shower and bathroom. All lighting is dimmable to create different conditions, according to procedure or ambiance required. All cabinetry was custom built in Italy using bronze trims and integrating the statutory waste.

About the Project

The client acquired 7000 sq ft on the second floor of a landmarked building within Manhattan's historic ‘Ladies Mile’ district, the space comprised one open floor with ten magnificent windows overlooking the city. The new health and wellness center, integrates 8 treatment rooms, cryotherapy, blood work, bodywork and nutritionist rooms alongside a retail area, reception and other support spaces, whilst maintaining the volume of the original space. Analysing the requirements of the client, it soon became apparent that the programmatic requirements of the brief would fill the entire floor space if not designed efficiently. Developing a simple and strong concept, the treatment areas were placed inboard of the external windows, organizing the principle programmatic requirements within one freestanding enclosure sitting centrally within the space. Freeing up the perimeter to circulation, patients and staff pass along the long line of windows to enjoy the light, air and city views. The cladding to the free-floating pod housing the treatment rooms appears soft and sensuous, a counterpoint to the grittiness of the streets below. A unique cladding system was developed depicting the form of a curtain; with its undulating rhythmic lines, custom made from yachting fiberglass as if ‘frozen in time’. Our intention was to create spaces that would be calm and contemporary; a sanctuary from everyday life in the city...We designed everything to be organized and well-crafted functionally.

What’s unique about it

We integrated the complex needs of the client into a functional and architecturally compelling project, considering the existing conditions of the site, and utilising the light filled windows to great effect. The budget was limited as well as the time schedule. We therefore led the project from the outset, recognising that it would be essential to work closely with the construction team and fabricators. The design process was tightly integrated into the construction and procurement process, to produce innovative design solutions whilst meeting the aspirations of our client to successfully promote their approach to health and wellness.
The new center successfully fuses the functional needs, time and cost constraints, with the design and expressive content required to create a cohesive project, with a strong and singular identity. The needs of patients and staff were carefully considered not only to function well but to also touch the spirit. The spaces created are serene and calm and this was consciously achieved by paying great attention to each detail and junction, working closely with the fabricators and installers to ensure the project was constructible. This strong understanding of the way in which materials and finishes come together, how junctions are formed, and details achieved is the route of the success of the project, for it is only with this knowledge that the constraints of cost and time could be overcome to create a project of precision and beauty.

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General view along the 19th street facade showing the play of light for staff and patients to enjoy while circulating between treatment rooms within the health center.

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View of a standard treatment room with dimmable lighting and specialist task light integrated into the flat illuminated lighting panel within the ceiling. The floors are a poured resinous granulated quartz which is hard wearing and easy to clean and maintain.

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Doors and full height bronze door frames were integrated into the pod cladding, along with integrated signage and door pulls. Again, the detailed integration of few materials into a complex and rich assembly, creates an elegant and holistic experience.

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A view looking from the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 19th street highlighting the guiding principle of the design parti. By setting the treatment rooms back from the edge of the space, everyone can enjoy the volumetric clarity of the space.

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Custom designed chairs and sofas in Italian leather, with matching bronze metalwork were developed by Brandon Haw Architecture for this reception area, alongside white marble and bronze side tables.

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View looking from the retail demonstration area back towards the reception desk. The ceilings are of solid walnut, above which the sprinklers and other services are laid out and hidden from view. The ceiling is mirrored by the dark oak.

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Just two radii were used to create what appears to be a complex array of junctions. The smooth transition of convex and concave curves with the bronze metal trims defining the point of confluence was carefully modelled in 3 dimensions throughout the design.

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Elevation photograph of the reception and display area as one arrives out of the elevator. The balance of materials and fine attention to detail interfaces at junctions, creates an elegantly integrated and practical point to be welcomed and directed to the clinic.

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View of reception desk which integrates illuminated bronze and glass display shelving, and satin bronze ceiling panels. The fibreglass pod cladding sinuously curves in to define the space and maintain the continuity of the materials.

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