Perched in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the hospital’s unique position allowed us to blur the boundary between exterior and interior. We used clean lines for a minimal, subdued aesthetic. Its sleek, glazed facade physically mirrors the backdrop so that the facility nearly becomes part of the natural landscape.
Our design uses evidence-based concepts to encourage patient comfort, which plays a role in the healing process. The scenic location gives patients a respite and allows them to engage with their natural surroundings. Panoramic views enter the spacious guest rooms through a frame of full-length glass windows—a novel design in rural healthcare facilities. We also brought exterior textures and elements into the interior, such as wood grain headwalls that reach the ceilings. These features draw attention to the environment and inform a positive perspective, one that focuses attitudes towards comfort and ease.