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April 2, 2003

Cancer Institute: steel, glass and a hint of Taoism

  • NBBJ's design delivers a healing environment, through warm colors and ample natural lighting.
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     Swedish Cancer Institute
    Photos by Assassi Productions
    To flood the Swedish Cancer Institute with natural light, NBBJ’s design called for a mix of indoor and outdoor space. A glass and steel canopy shelters a rooftop terrace, while a glazed break presents a second entrance and circulation area.

    The streets of Pill Hill, as the hospital district on First Hill is known, can be canyon-like. Nowhere are the concrete walls more uniformly oppressive than the 1200 block of Madison, just east of Minor, where high-rises from the 1970s and 1980s line up with strip-style drive-up banks and parking lots.

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