The program called for the complete interior and exterior remodel of a 2 story, 7,000 sq.ft. clinic space for Planned Parenthood. This type of work involves complex programmatic, political, and emotional issues and is always built within strict budgetary constraints. The main intent of the center was to give the clients and the staff an atmosphere of beauty that expresses both warmth and worth and encourages their interaction.
Four Large volumes with dramatically canted walls and skylights flood the interior with natural light. Refracted colored light bounces off the richly painted roofs of the smaller volumes. The changing color and intensity of light throughout the day is a constant reminder of the exterior world beyond. Located right at the front reception desk, the courtyard volume provides a visual oasis for both staff and clients. Its peaceful design with an olive tree, black stones and large white walls is now the heart of the clinic. Sophisticated geometric steel accents play off the softness of frosted glass walls and windows. This thoughtful use of materials evokes the impression of openness and light. Candy jars, filled with colored condoms, are an amusing reminder of the importance of safe sex. Visually interesting and tactile materials such as cork, steel, colored walls, and rice-paper laminates are used throughout the clinic.
Fougeron Architecture provided complete design services including seismic upgrades, programming, interior specifications and furniture selection. We continue to provide ongoing maintainence services for the facility. Construction costs totaled 2.5 M.