The Discovery Health Center

Harris, New York

Guenther 5 Architects

The challenge:
The goal of this sustainable project is to illustrate a new approach to medical treatment by raising awareness of the links between medical frailties and ecological health as well as to use insights to design a therapeutic interactive space.
The outcome:
This 28,000 Sq. Ft. diagnostic and treatment facility in rural New York is part of a 350 acre campus that serves children and adults with profound neurological and developmental impairments. Completed in 2003, it is the second LEED certified building in the US based on the building's siting, it's use of renewable materials (and lack of toxic materials, including vinyl) as well as its geothermal heating and cooling system.

Renfield Center for Nursing Excellence

Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City, NY

Guenther 5 Architects

The challenge:
To create an educational facility, comprehensive library as well as a space for quiet reflection. 
The outcome: The design of this 5000 Sq.Ft. renovation for the nurses of Beth Israel Medical Center incorporates sustainable materials wherever possible including low VOC paint, bamboo flooring and wall coverings.

Enhancing life for older people:
a design guide

Prototype for a book on how to design for older humans.
The book explores and empathetic approach to understanding the physiology of the ageing body and how it is impacted by the built environment. By providing specific and sensitive insights, designers, architects and caretakers are appropriately informed to make design decisions that enhance the lifestyle of older people..

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