BALTIMORE--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Filled with art inside and out, the new Johns Hopkins Hospital building is the result of a unique and close collaboration between artists from across the country, a curator, a group of architects, Michael Bloomberg and Johns Hopkins. Together, the team has helped to create not just a state-of-the-art medical facility but also a haven that will feature over 500 works of art created for the facility by more than 70 artists.
“The goal is to create a humane and dignified experience for those under stress”
The new Johns Hopkins Hospital building is one of the nation’s largest hospital construction projects. It features The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, named in honor of the mother of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg—philanthropist and Hopkins alumnus—and Marjorie B. Tiven, Commissioner of the New York City Commission for the United Nations, Consular Corps & Protocol.
"Through these exceptional artists and architects, we have created a unique space that incorporates art and design thoughtfully and with attention to detail,” said Michael Bloomberg. “The center has a calming presence and creates a healing environment for all the families that pass through these doors, the expert medical professionals who work here, and for the Hopkins and Baltimore community.”
The new hospital building also includes the Sheikh Zayed Tower, for adult care, named after the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder and first president of the United Arab Emirates.
This was a collaborative effort that included a team from Johns Hopkins, the architecture firm of Perkins + Will, the landscape architects from OLIN, along with consulting architect Allen Kolkowitz and curator Nancy Rosen.
The resulting highlights include:
- A massive shimmering curtain wall of glass and steel by artist Spencer Finch that envelops the exterior of the 1.5 million sq foot building; Finch’s hand-drawn frit pattern punctuates the façade, transforming the building by night into a glowing lantern and snow globe;
- 11 super-sized sculptures created by set designer Robert Israel;
- Pictorial window shades that turn every window into a work of art;
- More than 300 works of art inspired by beloved children books; (see list of books)
- More than 200 works inspired by the idea of nature and the garden;
- Art integrated into reception furniture, dioramas in display cases built into the walls of the elevator lobbies on every pediatric, patient care floor;
- Artful wayfinding;
- Distinct canopy that unites emergency and general entrances for a clear point of entry.
“The goal is to create a humane and dignified experience for those under stress,” says Michael Iati, senior director of architecture and planning, Johns Hopkins Health System. “The art created for the building and the building’s design are central to elevating the experience of coming to the hospital. Visitors and patients may not be able to quantify this directly but they will feel the building’s uniqueness and comfort.”
For over two decades, Michael Bloomberg—through his philanthropic and corporate efforts and his public service—has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting and promoting the use of art as an essential element in the creation or refurbishment of both public and private spaces. The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, along with the recent opening of the William H. Bloomberg MDA Jerusalem Station, exemplify his continued commitment to creating world class medical facilities that are enhanced by the use of art and architecture.
Bloomberg is a 1964 engineering graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and a longtime supporter of the University and Johns Hopkins Medicine. He served as the chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2002, overseeing the largest fundraising campaign in the School’s history. He also is the largest donor in the 132-year history of the Johns Hopkins Institutions. The hygiene and public health school at the University was named the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2001 to recognize his commitment and support. In addition, he has generously supported many other programs, projects and scholarships including the Institute for Cell Engineering, the Institute for Malaria Research, the Bloomberg Physics Building as well as the re-development of the main campus, Gilman Hall and Brody Center.
About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works primarily to advance five areas globally: the Arts, Education, the Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. In 2011, $330 million was distributed.
About The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, founded in 1912 through a generous donation from Harriet Lane and Henry Johnston, was the first children’s hospital associated with an academic medical center. Today, Johns Hopkins offers one of the most comprehensive pediatric medical programs in the world. It has recognized Centers of Excellence in dozens of pediatric subspecialties, including allergy, cardiology, cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, pulmonary, and transplant. The Children’s Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals by US News & World Report. In May 2012, it will move from its current location in The Johns Hopkins Hospital to The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center.
About The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Johns Hopkins Hospital is dedicated to the providing world-leading acute and critical care for adult patients. US News & World Report has named it the nation’s best hospital for 21 years in a row. Its new state-of-the-art facility – the Sheikh Zayed Tower – encompasses a range of medical disciplines and departments including cardiology, cardiac and vascular surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, labor and delivery, transplant, orthopedic and trauma surgery. The Zayed Tower also includes a full radiology department, interventional labs, designated endoscopy and bronchoscopy rooms, and associated support services. A helistop is located on the rooftop of the Tower for emergency patients who arrive by helicopter. Zayed Tower has been named in honor of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late founder and first President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sheikh Zayed led his country for more than three decades and was widely respected as a statesman, visionary and benefactor. An advocate for public access to education and healthcare, Sheikh Zayed built the UAE’s first hospitals and established its very first schools for boys and girls. He is responsible for the UAE’s development into the modern and progressive nation it is today. His son, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, current President of the UAE, provided this generous gift to Johns Hopkins Medicine in honor of his father’s legacy.
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