Flying Colors - Phoenix Children's Hospital Shows Sensitivity to Visitors and the Environment | sustainable architecture |
Phoenix Children's Hospital shows sensitivity to visitors and the environment.

The serene building exterior comes to life at sunset with purple LED lighting that recalls the Arizona desert’s night-blooming cactus flower. Inside, a three-story lobby stirs the imagination with lights in the floor and a wall of “water” created by textured surfaces and flowing, patterned light. Projected colored-light flowers dance on the wall, while fanciful animal sculptures in each elevator lobby and vibrant accents stimulate the senses.

The facility is oriented on the east–west axis for efficient circulation and daylight harvesting. High-performance glazing and static exterior shades capitalize on the sun’s angles and reduce direct sunlight glare. A two-story opening between the tower’s base and the seven floors of patient beds above creates room for an accessible 5,200-square-foot roof garden that provides a calming outdoor space for families, patients, and staff...