Johns Hopkins Hospital to open $1.1bn new facility in US

16 April 2012 (Last Updated April 16th, 2012 18:30)

Johns Hopkins Hospital has completed a new $1.1bn building in Baltimore, US, designed by architecture firm Perkins+Will.

Johns Hopkins Hospital has completed a new $1.1bn building in Baltimore, US, designed by architecture firm Perkins+Will.

Scheduled to open on 1 May, the 1.6 million ft² curvilinear glass and brick building will serve as the new front door to the hospital and the entire 14 acre campus.

The new development includes two 12-storey towers, The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower, which rise from an eight-storey base.

Spread across five acres of land, the complex includes 560 private patient rooms, 33 operating rooms, as well as new adult and paediatric emergency departments.

A large landscaped entry plaza leads the way into a two-storey sky lit adult tower lobby, with a meditation garden, as well as a four-storey children’s lobby.

The development has also added 30,000ft² of kitchen space to the hospital’s existing kitchen, expanding food-ordering options.

Perkins+Will’s design principal for the project Ralph Johnson said hospitals are often designed as containers for the important functions within, giving little regard to how people will experience the space.

"We were able to design a building that establishes a new identity for the hospital and presents a new face to the campus and community, while creating interiors that bring the healing benefits of the outdoors in with abundant natural light and as many views to green spaces as possible," Johnson said.

Perkins collaborated with Brooklyn-based artist Spencer Finch, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Johns Hopkins staff to design a glass curtain wall that covers much of the building’s exterior.

In addition, the new hospital design incorporates over 500 works of art created by 70 artists, as well as healing gardens and landscaping.

Zayed Tower has a total of 355 private patient rooms, including 224 for acute care, 96 for intensive care and 35 for labour and delivery, whilst the tower’s rooftop has a helipad.

The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center has 205 rooms and 10 surgical suites designed for paediatric patients.