Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital 265
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
This public hospital and medical center
The facade is deﬁned by a contemporary
The Eskenazi Health Sky Farm, a rooftop fruit
creates a contemporary academic healthcare
use of glass, metal and precast concrete
and vegetable garden with 5,000 square feet
environment that merges clinical, research
panels. These simple, modern materials
of growable space, highlights healthy eating
and educational missions on the campus
articulate frames, planes and volumes that
and wellness habits while giving patients and
of Indiana University-Purdue University
deﬁne internal functions and communicate
employees opportunities to enjoy nature.
a broader community identity about the hospital’s programs.
The 37-acre complex replaces the nearby
and both the hospital and ambulatory care
Wishard Hospital, presenting an opportunity
Every aspect of the design focuses on the
clinic use 100 percent outdoor air, the
for a complete transformation that is rare for
health and wellness of patients. Reorganizing
project is expected to achieve LEED Silver
urban academic medical centers. Rather than
care delivery for all key departments has
create a massive single structure, the team
streamlined patient movement and eliminated
assembled hospital elements into distinct
wasted space. The efﬁcient plan enables
programs, creating a series of linked buildings
the new hospital to serve 20 percent more
and spaces. This thoughtful composition
patients in one-third less space.
creates open courtyards that complement the rigor of internal spaces.
The public realm framework provides a system of roadways, pathways and landscape
Structured around a central green space, the
between the hospital and the university
medical center includes a 315-bed hospital
campus. Positioned at the main entry to the
linked by a two-level concourse to a 275-exam
hospital and clinic, The Commonground at
room ambulatory care clinic, a faculty ofﬁce
Eskenazi Health is a ﬂexible public plaza with
building, a 2,700-car parking garage, two
water features and a restaurant pavilion.
utility buildings and public plazas.
◄ view from the southeast
Though the northern climate is challenging
2015 design annual
1.4 million sq. ft. / 130,000 sq. m.