BOSTON, MA UNDER CONSTRUCTION/COMPLETION 2021
The new Beth Israel Deaconess inpatient hospital, their first in twenty years, is a 140 bed state of the art hospital in which the healing potential of nature was integrated throughout the building. Located in the Longwood medical area in Boston, it also rests adjacent to Olmsted’s Riverway. The location of public spaces within the building were oriented to take full advantage of this vista.
At ground level the landscape adds a series of public pocket gardens and a unified streetscape to assist in the hospital’s identity, as well as communicate the healing nature of the hospital. Honey Locust trees and a permeable paving edge were added throughout the Brookline Ave. block to create a dappled shade corridor. A custom sculptural granite planter bench defines the corner and signals the main entry and drop-off for the hospital. Rain garden planters on Francis Ave. collect sidewalk runoff during storm events.
The sixth floor healing garden is an 11,000 sf dedicated space for patients and staff to escape the stressful hospital environment and gain respite and relaxation. The garden is designed to create a “hyper-nature”, with a variety of atmospheric experiences to accommodate the different moods and conditions of its visitors. A meandering, but smooth and accessible path leads to a variety of scaled spaces for both social interaction, or to simply reflect in a nature-like environment in privacy.
Client: Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Program: Streetscape/11,000 sf Roof Healing Garden
Status: Under Construction
Note: Adam E. Anderson was lead Landscape Architect with Payette