Prebys Cardiovascular Institute 251
La Jolla, California, USA
The new Prebys Cardiovascular Institute
An enriched hardscape of colored concrete
The 167-bed institute includes 59 intensive-
on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital
pavers extends from the tower’s face to the
care beds, four operating rooms, two hybrid
is the region’s largest and most advanced
vehicular circulation, echoing the building’s
operating rooms, six cardiac catheterization
center dedicated to cardiovascular care.
concave shape. From this form, a succession
labs, diagnostic testing and digital imaging.
of lines is created with trees that extend out
All patient rooms feature a wall of ﬂoor-to-
from the building.
ceiling windows to provide patients, visitors
The seven-story tower unites people and technology in one facility to advance
and staff with abundant natural light and
innovative treatment options for patients with
Interior spaces support advanced medical
treatment, patient care, research, clinical trials and graduate medical education within
The facility represents the ﬁrst phase of a 25-
The contemporary design features an exterior
an environment that delivers patient-and-
year master plan that is transforming Scripps
composition of brick, glass and metal panels
family-centered care. The ﬂexible layout
Memorial Hospital's La Jolla campus.
that respects the aesthetic of campus
supports the hospital's mission while
buildings. Stacked brick and punched windows
accommodating future plans for growth.
that line the north and west facades relate to the La Jolla campus and its architectural
Large, circular skylights and a well-deﬁned
character. The curved glass curtain wall
ceiling plane help organize the space, while
on the southeast presents a message of
both the ceiling and ﬂoor patterns provide
transparency to the community. Glass curtain
intuitive wayﬁnding cues. Inspired by the
walls enclose the stairs on the south, east and
light, colors and textures of the natural
west facades, serving as beacons of light.
landscape and beauty of La Jolla, the interior materials and ﬁnishes establish an engaging yet peaceful setting that promotes healing.
◄ view from the southeast
2015 design annual
383,000 sq. ft. / 35,580 sq. m.