We are thrilled to announce that Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) has been awarded a 2018 Healthcare Interior Design Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA)The hospital, which was designed by CannonDesign in association with NEUF Architect(e)s, has been recognized as a winner in the Academic/Teaching Hospitals category.

The national awards competition honors and celebrates outstanding originality and excellence in the design and furnishings of healthcare interior spaces. This marks the second year in a row that CannonDesign has taken home top honors in the competition. In 2017, both UC San Diego Health’s Jacobs Medical Center and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands were recognized for healthcare design excellence.

“As the commercial design industry as a whole continues to place people and their needs at the center of the spaces they create, healthcare designers are paving the way forward,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “The winning projects expertly leverage design as a solution and a driver of positive patient outcomes, and serve as an example to which all of those in the profession can aspire.”

Occupying two full blocks in the heart of downtown Montreal, the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) is the largest healthcare construction project currently being built in North America. Born from the merger of three hospitals, CHUM replaces outdated facilities and brings these entities together in a single-site institution. An anchor of the Quartier de la Santé — Montreal’s new health district — the development will seamlessly combine teaching, research, and healthcare and solidify Montreal’s standing as a health and science hub of excellence.

Despite its large size, CHUM has a very human scale through its massing as a community of three interconnected towers that retain individual identities while communicating and relating to each other. In order to eliminate the confusion that is inherent with large, complex medical centers, the space provides clear and supportive visual cues to reinforce a path of travel with defined destinations, with an easy to understand organization in order to assure patients and visitors. Viewed as a cultural center just as much as a destination for health, the building also includes one of the largest public art programs in the history of Montreal.

To celebrate and embrace the variety of colors found in nature, the design team believed that every color – not just subtle earth tones – has its place in healthcare. A full-spectrum color palette in varying intensities was created using a layered approach — saturated colors are used at entrance areas, brighter but less intense hues at reception desks, and subdued colors are found in exam and patient rooms. Each department has a unique color identifier, selected based on the patient profile.

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