The Christian Community Health Center takes a former bank building that had been previously modified into a community clinic and investigates what it means to provide dignity for the wellness experience and how a modest building in size can create a new urban identity within a challenged community. The project parti intentionally creates a conversation with the street edge as opposed to many buildings in the area in which parking lots tend to face the street. The project rethinks wellness from an interior/exterior perspective and provides visitors with a welcomed environment while creating a sense of belonging.
Our design orients the building addition with its longest façade facing Torrence Avenue. The building footprint is rotated 90 degrees to provide greater visual recognition and define a community presence along the street. This new building, while minimizing sightlines of the expanded parking lot, also creates a predominant building corner which all patients will easily identify as the new entry point. The interior spaces are organized by public and private zones to foster a cooperative workflow, a positive environment, and therapeutic atmosphere for all. Patient and admin spaces filled with natural light are along the building perimeter which provide the staff and patients with a lushly vegetated space for waiting, meditation, and healing. At the new central core, high traffic common functions such as conference rooms, an x-ray room, a laboratory, the central nurses’ station and storage are positioned for optimal efficiency.