Designed by AECOM, The Mary Catherine Bunting Center at Mercy is located in Baltimore, United States. Instead of fleeing to the suburbs, as many urban hospitals have, Mercy Medical Center brings the verdant landscape of the country garden to the city and continues a 150-year mission of providing healthcare to Baltimore’s needy. In so doing, the hospital takes green architecture to a new level – the 8th floor, to be precise – by creating a unique, multilevel rooftop oasis in the center of the city.
The roof gardens are the centerpiece of the hospital’s healing environment; comprising a third of the building’s footprint, the three-level garden offers unexpected views to nature and places of respite within a bustling urban environment. All visitors have access from the 8th floor to the main lower garden while the 9th floor garden serves as a private upper level retreat for ICU patients’ families with direct access from the ICU waiting room.