th+a provided architectural and interior design services for the finish-out of The Joan Katz Breast Center, a comprehensive cancer treatment center which brings together nurse navigation, cancer screenings, diagnosis, treatment, conferences, counseling, social support, and wellness and education services.
The project's primary goal was to create an all-inclusive cancer center where patients can find resources for the medical and non-medical aspects of dealing with all stages of the disease. To accomplish this, th+a crafted a center around specialized spaces for diagnosis, treatment, counseling, education, research, social support and supplies. The center is the first in the area that fully services what is generally a highly fragmented experience.
It was also important to create an inviting and comforting space - a departure from the clinical environment of typical treatment centers. To provide the feeling of being surrounded by the comforts of home, the team incorporated warm tones, soft fabrics, colorful artwork, varying ceiling heights and gentle lighting throughout the design. The team also incorporated elements such as a meditation garden, intended to help alleviate the anxiety patients feel during treatment.
Because the center needed to host interactive training and education sessions for physicians, patients and caregivers in a comfortable, private environment, th+a designed a training room withample collaborative space and high-definition TV screens, as well as private waiting areas, offices and meeting rooms.