The Cathedral Hill Hospital designed by SmithGroup is located in San Francisco, United States. A tower and podiums constitute building massing. Hierarchy between the structures create a building silhouette which relates to both the immediate neighbourhood context and the broader urban core. The building skin is primarily metal and glass, supporting a vision of a sophisticated, modern healthcare facility in a vibrant urban community. The streetscape design reflects public space surrounding the hospital. Composed of distinct activity zones, each has an individual need, requiring a specific design response.
Interior elements like public lounges, concourses and waiting areas break the monotonous rhythms required in hospital planning. Interior architecture throughout the project has a welcome, pleasant and comfortable feel, in tune with the client’s commitment to their role in medicine and healing. Sustainable practices are at the forefront of design to minimise water and energy use in the building’s life cycle. The exterior will feature green roofs to treat and reduce storm water runoff and energy use. Accessible to patients and staff, the roofs will promote healing and an environmental connection.