The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia facilities expansion includes 150 new inpatient beds, a new emergency department, and diagnostic and treatment facilities.
KPF evaluated constrained urban site and developed alternative ways to add space. The solution would totally envelop the initial structure and alter all entries. In reconfiguring the site, drop-off and parking were clarified and emergency traffic was separated from other traffic flow.
Massing components form a coherent whole, providing unity and balance. The colored glass artwall expresses the sophisticated yet playful aesthetic. From the patient rooms, the artwall animates views with a kaleidoscope of colored light as the day progresses.