Kaiser Permanente Sidney R. Garfield Innovation Center
Design Firm: SmithGroupJJR
As a living laboratory, Kaiser Permanente Sidney R. Garfield Innovation Center merges imitation and reality through ideal wayfinding, spatial branding, and artful ingenuity to function as a destination for clinicians and staff engaging in healthcare innovation. Designed around existing “simulation” and “reality” spaces, the Center creates a flexible and vibrant environment made for discovery within an expansive warehouse space.
Once a challenge to navigate, the Center’s planning and design morphs the facility’s large floorplate into an intimate path for travel. Incorporated into the path are multiple collaborative pockets fueling innovative thinking – an area in which Kaiser thrives. Colorful finishes and stationary carpeting brand ‘reality’ spaces in contrast to the warm colors throughout the ‘simulation’ areas. The contrast amplifies the idea of space for movement, research, and discovery. Reflecting the active floor plan, the ceiling acts as a catalyst for identifying areas of motion and collaboration. Over the path of travel, the ceiling opens to visible building systems and the extreme height of the warehouse. In key gathering areas, a signature illuminated ceiling fixture floats from above to create intimacy for meetings and waiting. As an homage to teamwork, the lights were created from existing walls at 2014 America’s Cup held in the San Francisco bay, in which the Unites States prevailed. The competition’s walls were deconstructed from the event center and reshaped for Kaiser into the thoughtfully lit art pieces anchoring the space’s common zones. This installation communicates the positivity of Kaiser’s brand into the facility while catering to their strict budget constraints. By using the same innovation that makes the work at Kaiser Garfield unique, our team developed a greater sense of place for those working and learning in the space.VOTE HERE