Governor General's Medals in Architecture — 2016 Recipient

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

Stantec Architecture / KPMB Architects: Planning, Design and Compliance Architects
HDR Architecture / Diamond Schmitt Architects: Design, Build, Finance and Maintain Architects

Lead design architect(s): 

Michael Moxam, FRAIC
Bruce Kuwabara, FRAIC
Rodel Misa
Greg Colucci, MRAIC

Bridgepoint Health is the first hospital in Toronto to receive a LEED Silver rating, but its sustainability extends beyond LEED to create an architecture of wellness that celebrates a sustainable healthcare system. The design optimizes the therapeutic benefits of nature for healing by emphasizing visual and physical access to the outdoors. Magnificent views of the lush Don River Valley and Riverdale Park, the changing downtown skyline, and the vibrant Riverdale neighbourhood – are all emphasized to connect patients to the community. Hospital rooms were designed to give every patient – whether sitting or lying down – an unobstructed view, both horizontally and vertically.

Jury Comment(s): 

"This innovative healthcare project heals the city by revitalizing an historic jail site and linking patient spaces with nature and the city. This project is strong on connections: between present and past, hospital and city, patients and healthcare professionals. Unlike most health care facilities, the interior and exterior spaces join to promote health, with areas for outdoor meeting, retreating, and conversation.  Windows, fixtures, and spaces are scaled to the humans who occupy the facility. The former jail at the centre of the site opens onto public gathering space; connecting the grounds with the wider world. This project suggests many ways to address the often dehumanizing aspects of the traditional hospital experience, which the jury applauds."

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Photo: Nic Lehoux

Photo: Nic Lehoux

Photo: Tom Arban

Photo: Tom Arban

Photo: Tom Arban