Hospitals are spaces where raw humanity is on full display: patients getting life-saving care, their loved ones waiting anxiously, doctors, nurses working tirelessly. We can’t help but be vulnerable in these spaces, which means their entrances have an even greater responsibility to lift us up. CPL partnered with the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), one of the busiest healthcare institutions in the region, to co-create a light-filled front lobby that instantly brings hospital-goers both comfort and life-affirming awe.
The verticality of the space, with the roof curving upward to a height of 50 feet, helped us put into practice our goal of lifting up every visitor. A continuous skylight runs up the exterior wall and continues within the curved roof structure, flooding the space with hopeful light, a brightness and positivity that this community deserves.