Designed by KMD Architects, UCSF Osher Center is located in San Francisco, United States. The Osher Center, the anchor to the UCSF Mt. Zion campus in San Francisco, conducted an internal study to understand the particular effects of the building on patients and staff members. Their findings conclude that two key features promote well-being among all users: firstly, abundant use of natural daylight, as previous research has concluded, uplifts patients, boosts employee morale and provides a comfortable and warm atmosphere in a medical facility; secondly, intentional architectural features such as the open stairway, convenient and easily locatable conference rooms and interview rooms provide opportunities for patients and co-workers to have impromptu conversations and more meaningful experiences.
Central workspaces are being used as hubs of activity and interaction for researchers. Our design objectives included a blend of Chinese Feng Shui design philosophy combined with functional and practical UCSF space planning.