Perkins Eastman provided architectural and interior design for the
Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center (MSKCC) and MSKCC Imaging Center, a 14-story, 240,000 sf
outpatient facility located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The
client’s intent was to establish a therapeutic environment to reflect
changing modalities of cancer diagnosis and care. The design approach
grew out of city zoning requirements to allow an as-of-right building.
The resultant form highlights the stacked program: clinical floors,
academic offices and administration. The building entrance on 66th
Street is shifted south 15 feet to create a welcoming garden with a
through block driveway, providing privacy, security, and comfort. The
exterior expression is a blend of glass curtain wall and golden toned
brick, a reflection of the surrounding residential context and internal
Patients are welcomed into a hotel-style lobby with concierge services.
A central core provides access to clinical floors with diagnostic and
interventional imaging, medical and surgical oncology, infusion
therapy, and psycho-social programs. Attractive waiting areas with
abundant day lighting include numerous patient and family amenities,
central registration, pantries, a boutique, and conference center.
Careful design and lighting creates inviting spaces with extensive use
of wood and fabrics to provide a warm and comforting atmosphere for