The Boston Children’s Hospital Green Masterplan focused on bringing restorative gardens and more effective medical care to the patients and caregivers of this world-class pediatric research and clinical institution. The plan strategically integrates eight unique gardens, enhanced streetscapes, and interstitial spaces within the campus to foster health and well-being. The goal is to bring healing and human-centered design into every aspect of the clinical experience.
As part of Phase I, the Longwood Avenue entrance and streetscape and the first of three roof gardens were completed in 2018. The entrance creates a strong identity for the hospital through a unifying plant palette, signage system, and a granite art wall that embodies the new environment. Above the street, panoramic views from the roof garden provides a sense of openness for those confined to the hospital grounds with programmatic zones, privacy nooks, and landforms for free play.
Adjacent to the ICU and end-of-life facilities, an indoor garden in the new 12-story Hale Building will serve as a sanctuary for the most vulnerable populations. Custom soil mixes, routine cleaning and separate ventilation systems accommodate the most severe immune challenges. Natural analogues inspired by biophilic design soften these sterile environments, while natural lighting, expansive views, play structures and reclaimed wood furniture further link those confined within the hospital to the outside world.
A walking circuit will connect BCH’s campuses to the broader neighborhood and local greenspaces, it will also serve as a tool for patients to engage in gentle physical activity and independence. This design contributes to Boston’s urban habitats and wildlife community by integrating diverse plant material and establishing horticultural education experiences. The plan reimagines and enhances access, better accommodates user needs, creates habitat and establishes a sense of playful and immersive experience throughout the hospital grounds and the BCH community.