The LEED Gold renovation of the historic New Deal–era Chelsea District Health Center is critical to New York City’s effort to significantly reduce STDs. The building’s park location inspired the design concept: a modern health center that is also an airy park pavilion. Undulating wood ceilings and natural-finish tile floors frame curvy, white epoxy-clad clinical spaces, creating a soothing environment. The brightness of the interior is extended in subtle ways to the exterior with a new white rooftop Corian screen and a vertical glass slot cut into the rear facade. Many sexual health clinics come across as stigmatized places, but the facility provides an uplifting experience where everyone feels deserving of dignity and respect.
Project Name: Mount Sinai Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Designer: Perkins Eastman
Project Name: YPMD Pediatric Neurology Clinic
Designer: Synthesis Design + Architecture
Project Name: NEXUS Club New York
Designer: Morris Adjmi Architects