The Cedars-Sinai Breast Center is a three-story, state-of-the-art space dedicated exclusively to breast health services for women and men. This adaptive reuse of a former bank building enhances the quality of patient care and facilitates interdisciplinary and creative interactions for doctors and surgeons. It consolidates and expands services and facilities on the Cedars-Sinai campus, maximizing the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery and creating a convenient and cohesive breast and diagnostic imaging center.
An understanding of the patient experience drove all design decisions. A clinical visit for breast health is often an overwhelming, emotional experience for patients. The convenience of a free-standing building not directly connected to the main campus is intended to relieve some of that anxiety. Particular attention to creating a spa-like environment allows for patients to feel comforted and cared for, and respects their privacy and tumultuous emotions.
Incorporating Cedars-Sinai’s expansive art collection is a key aspect of the design.
Our interior design team created an interplay between the museum-quality art pieces and the palette of materials selected, choosing simple and neutral palettes that act as a canvas for the art. Keeping the consistency between the artwork and interiors also played into the sculptural design of the space itself. As a former bank built in the 1970s, the concrete frame building could not be modified structurally, but curves were added to the hallways and exam rooms, allowing for easy transitions and soft edges.
Outdoor courtyard areas, one for staff and one for patients, allow for respite space either outside or views to it from certain rooms within the building. The design also takes advantage of sweeping views of the hills that surround West Hollywood. Despite being located on one of the city’s busiest intersections, our team buffered the spaces between the building and public thoroughfares, through the creation of the enclosed courtyard spaces with water features as well as a repositioned building entrance.