Science As Texture

UC Health Medical Center, Main Entrance Improvements

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Cincinnati, OH | Canopy & Interior Renovation

Essential building blocks—of science and design—come together in a new arrival experience at UC Health.
Highlighted site map The main entrance to UC Health’s campus is set far back from a high traffic street. Creating a highly visible entry is critical.

In Science Lives Hope. This is a core belief at UC Health. Nationally ranked as one of the country’s top hospitals, UC Health is also the region’s only Level 1 trauma care center. By surfacing life’s essential building blocks—the hidden textures, lines, and symmetries that can’t be detected by the human eye alone—we’re helping UC Health physically express their unique brand, their culture of hope, and the power of academic medicine.

Rendering of canopy entrance from a distance The canopy creates a clearly defined entrance.
Parametric view of the canopy The distinctive exterior canopy will feature angled fins, applied at varied spacing and depths. The fin system was designed to minimize custom parts and on-site labor for installation.

For the inaugural project of a system-wide renovation, UC Health put their main arrival under the microscope, and saw an opportunity to enhance the patient experience. A distinctive new entrance canopy will clearly define the campus’ front door, whether people are arriving on foot from the parking garage or driving up to drop off and pick up.

The new arrival design amplifies the entry, making it more visible from the street.

The canopy’s textures create interest as light changes throughout the day and season. These hidden patterns also inspired the textures used in the ceiling above the information desk as well as on the new grand stair and its overlook.

Diagrams of arrival, orientation, and transition The project carefully considers how people approach the building.
Rendered stages of arrival, orientation, and transition This is carried through to the interior space, so people can easily see where they need to go next.

We’re using essential building blocks of design—arrival, orientation, transition— to create intuitive wayfinding: Arrival (where do I go?), orientation (where do I go from here?), and transition (there’s where I go next) to help people navigate the space once they enter the building. More than just empowering people to know where to go, the lobby is designed to be a healthy space that brings them together to connect, collaborate, and convey the story of hope.

Repeating the canopy pattern above the information desk reinforces the wayfinding message: Go here.