Located on a compact urban site in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood, the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Center for Advanced Care (CAC) is a bridge to the community and a beacon of hope amidst the uncertainty of today’s healthcare system.
The design embraces the residential streetscape to the north by pulling the building 80’ back from the northern lot line to create an open community garden. This greenspace provides a place for respite within the urban fabric that is an amenity for hospital visitors and neighborhood residents. The space is highlighted by a serpentine garden wall that reduces the building's scale, symbolizes the regeneration of life and represents the healing nature of the healthcare ministry within.
The campus-facing façade creates a dynamic presence within the rugged medical center context. The undulating form and angled plane of the glass facade are tuned to reduce incident solar radiation while simultaneously providing a welcoming presence for the building. An integral passive sunshade system filters natural light and reduces solar heat gain while promoting views outside and offering a seamless transition from exterior to interior spaces. The curving gesture of the main façade leads visitors intuitively towards the main entry as the horizontal lines of the sunshades and canopy work together to provide protection from the elements and mark the entry for patients and visitors.
The design of the CAC aspires to demystify the healthcare experience and transform how the community perceives healthcare through design by embracing the principles of place-making, light and community.