Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Project Narrative

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is among the top Hospitals in the world with deep rooted values and beliefs in caring for the patients spiritual and physical needs. In order to better serve their patients, families, and their staff a cafeteria redesign is nearly essential. This design proposes to update the current cafeteria in a way that serves those on a short lunch break or looking for a change of scenery after a long day of appointments or procedures. The cafeteria will not only be a place to for eating a meal but also an opportunity for entertainment, or long needed privacy and quiet. After a deep analysis, it is understood that the current cafeteria space lacks efficient circulation, access to the concourse, and tends to lose square footage due to poor spatial organization. These issues are also heavily emphasized due to a lack privacy, and opportunities to interact with the given environment. As a result, the design goal of this proposal is to add a more spontaneous, need-based circulation path that becomes much more intentional through service needs and color coordination. Furthermore, this will reorganize the space and allow for a variety of seating options including a range of private seating spaces that will create work opportunities for parents as well as communal seating spaces that join families together. To make the space more interactive, the design unites interior and exterior concepts with a recreational area that becomes a spot for children to play and be children. CCHMC understands this creativity and play is an essential part of a child’s growth and development. This design incorporates natural lighting to play a major role in how the children can interact with the outside world and other users are drawn to areas of activity. This design makes the cafeteria a community in itself that becomes the heart of the hospital and a place families, patients, and staff members can go for a number of physical and spiritual needs through space made for them.


Project Details

Submission Category

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Date of Completion

January, 2021

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