Planned Parenthood in Queens wins a national design award.

One of the Best Health Care Building Designs Is a Planned Parenthood in Queens

One of the Best Health Care Building Designs Is a Planned Parenthood in Queens

The Eye
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Aug. 2 2016 8:48 AM

One of the Best Health Care Building Designs Is a Planned Parenthood in Queens

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The recovery room at the Planned Parenthood in Queens is lit by skylights.

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Planned Parenthood’s Diane L. Max Health Center in Queens, New York, is one of seven projects selected for the American Institute of Architects’ national Healthcare Design Awards. Designed by Stephen Yablon Architecture for Planned Parenthood of New York City, the center is a bright, colorful 14,400-square-foot space equipped with exam, treatment, procedure, counseling, recovery, and waiting and community areas that the architects describe as “sleek and uplifting,” embodying “the mission of quality care for all.”

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“Framed views, natural light, and bold color encourage stair use,” the architects said.

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A welcome sign in multiple languages greets visitors, and the facility’s gleaming white interiors are rescued from feeling clinical thanks to color-coded lighting and space planning that makes it simple to navigate, helping to reduce patient stress. There are skylights in the recovery room and large windows in the waiting rooms, including a main waiting area located on the front façade. The New York Times pointed out that street-facing windows are covered in translucent film and made of bulletproof or bullet-resistant glass; there’s also a magnetometer at the guarded entrance.

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The architects transformed the fire stairs using fire-rated glass, natural light, and colorful graphics.

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Color accents help orient patients and cheer up spaces lacking natural light.

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Color coding includes lighting, signage, and interior finishes throughout the building.

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Curved architecture and color highlights help soften the gleaming white space.

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The main waiting area and public spaces are located along the front street façade.

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The architects said in a project description that Planned Parenthood of New York City sought a design that would “evoke respect for patient dignity and individual reproductive health choice, and provide an excellent patient experience, particularly for the youth in the borough,” calling it “a model for future reproductive health facilities.”

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.