Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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New York, NY


Bellevue Hospital Center Ambulatory Care Facility

The new Ambulatory Care Facility, together with renovated medical spaces within the existing Bellevue Hospital complex, has radically transformed a venerable New York City institution into an advanced medical campus.

In addition to accommodating an essential medical function, the new building serves as the main entrance for the entire hospital complex, reintroducing the architecture of the historic McKim, Mead & White–designed building to the experience of ten thousand daily visitors.

The most challenging aspect of the design was negotiating a spatially and symbolically generous relationship between the closely situated new and existing buildings. Visitors enter beneath a sheltering overhang and, passing through transparent glass entrances, encounter an axial view of the original monumental entrance portal. In bringing the two together, the glazed atrium has become the emblematic heart of Bellevue.

The elevators serving the new building provide easy access and functional flexibility. Each upper floor has public waiting areas arrayed along the curved galleria. A series of reception desks facilitate public interface with the different clinics. Patient examination rooms and clinical support spaces are in the zone adjacent to the reception units. The division of the floor plate into public, service, and clinical zones optimizes programmatic flexibility and promotes efficiency.

The array of murals on each level celebrates the continuity of care, vitality, and enthusiasm at this institution.

SITE: East Midtown Manhattan, First Avenue between 27th and 28th streets

COMPONENTS: New main entrance to hospital campus; 210,000 s/f new Ambulatory Care Facility; renovation of 80,000 s/f inpatient facility, 45,000 s/f Critical Care Unit; 270 exam rooms

CLIENT: Health and Hospitals Corporation NYC, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York

PCF&P SERVICES: Architecture, exterior envelope, interior design


Best of 2005 Awards: Award of Merit
McGraw Hill, 2005

Lighting Design Award of Merit
International Association of Lighting Designers, 2006

Gold Award for Engineering Excellence
American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, 2006

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Status: Built
Location: New York, NY, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Structural: Leslie E. Roberston Associates, New York

Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing / Lighting: Cosentini Associates, New York

Intensive Care Unit Planning and Architectural Services: Guenther 5 Architects, New York

Hospital Planning and Programming: MPRI - Medical Planning Research International, Pelham, NY

Interiors: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Images: Paul Warchol, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Jeff Goldberg/ESTO, Ian Bader/Pei Cobb Freed & Partners