Mary Catherine Bunting Center that located in Baltimore, United States, was designed by Mahan Rykiel Associates. Covering half the roof’s surface, the gardens provide a respite for patients, families and staff members in an otherwise very urban environment. The gardens also help reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the interior of the hospital. The rooftop gardens feature recycled furnishing materials, native plantings and a water feature.
Many experts agree that even a view of nature from a hospital window can improve patient recovery. Mercy Medical Center’s Dr. Kathy Helzlsouer said open garden spaces such as Mercy’s three roof gardens in the Bunting Center play a big part in healing.