Located in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canad, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre was designed by Silver Thomas Hanley. The facility is divided into six pods, each performing a different role – overnight stays, outpatients, diagnostics, etc. – but closely grouped around a central 24-metre-high atrium designed to provide a distinctive non-institutional feel.
The normal standard for Canadian hospitals is four bed wards, however this hospital design has only one or two-bed rooms, providing increased patient control over their environment and privacy, whilst maintaining staff observation. Large picture windows to bedrooms capture daylight and views to snow capped mountains.
The hospital provides a calm healing atmosphere. Narrow floor plate design and numerous respite areas of courtyards and gardens, promote an outward looking internal environment, linked to nature with abundant daylight. The four-storey atrium links the facility’s four quadrants, pouring daylight into the heart of the facility through the corridors into the surrounding floors whilst also providing a strong wayfinding feature. Vibrant colours are used extensively to provide a lively, uplifting, engaging interior.