New York Hospital of Queens Primary Care Satellite Clinic
Michielli + Wyetzner Architects
Category A Award
2015 AAH Awards
This new offsite primary care clinic is one in a series of new neighborhood practices intended to raise the profile of the New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) in the surrounding community. Located in Astoria on a corner site along a busy thoroughfare, the two-story brick building was completely gutted to accommodate new exam and consultation rooms. A perforated metal screen masks the irregular pattern of existing windows on the ground floor, allowing daylight to enter during the day and artificial light to emit a glow at night. An illuminated ceiling is visible through the full height glass, contributing to the unique presence of NYHQ in the neighborhood. The attention to detail, abundance of natural light, and select use of color make this a soothing and sophisticated patient environment.
Within an urban neighborhood setting, this adaptive re-use manages to stand out while fitting in. It is a subtle yet highly effective transformation of an ordinary building into a welcoming and attractive community clinic. With only minor changes to the exterior, the design team manages to distinguish the facility while maintaining the familiarity of its presence on the street. Inside, the planning is strong and the finishes and furniture feel fresh and modern. The attention to detail, abundance of natural light, and select use of color make this a soothing and sophisticated patient environment.