Our current project in the Healthcare Design Studio is a proposal for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's new student health center. It has been an exciting project as we have met with various staff members, the architects tasked with programming, as well as other professionals. The experience has been great and I feel that the design I'm working on has come out of consideration of all of these factors.
Originally we were paired with a 4th year interior design student; but they have branched off on another project for now-- leaving us architects unsupervised. My partner and I branded the project as "designing in the spirit of health," and have used this as an impetus for designing. Themes of natural lighting, spidery-structure, and a bright color palette have been configuring and re-configuring themselves on my computer for the past couple of weeks.
Creating an iconic building for the health center staff has been critical, as the new site is... not their first choice. However, I've found there is some interesting opportunities for a unique building! A performative wall section reduces heat gains and increases occupant privacy. A mesh panel swoops along the form, protecting the glass and structure within. At night, the skeleton is exposed.
It's been a fun ride-- I'll keep posting here as the design develops.
The trials and triumphs of an architecture student at UNL.