The Advocate Condell Outpatient Center was established to serve this north suburban Chicago community’s growing ambulatory-care needs. Situated in a clearing on a prominent wooded site at the entrance to the Condell Medical Center, and within close proximity to the village’s historic downtown, the building serves as both a new gateway to the existing hospital and a bridge to the community. The project was carefully planned to preserve a number of mature trees on the site.
The building is composed of a series of tectonic planes that slide, fold, and float in order to define space, let in daylight, and frame views of the surrounding natural landscape. Materials assigned to each plane were informed by the local context – precast concrete and brick – recalling the buildings of the existing hospital and historic downtown, respectively. Working closely with contractors and fabricators, these ordinary and ubiquitous suburban materials were elevated using simple techniques: subtle brick projections, amplified by the sun; and precast concrete masonry units of varying aggregate colors and sizes, derived within the limitations of standard fabrication methods.
A cantilevered metal- and wood-clad canopy begins a spatial sequence by defining a landscaped courtyard space with seating that visitors pass through to enter the building. Inside, a composition of wall and ceiling planes comprising wood, glass, and natural stone define north-facing waiting areas that lead to seven clinic modules, conference rooms, and a surgery center. Minimal custom signage continues the planar language and subtly provides an intuitive and calming patient experience.