Healing Garden Pavilion
Sculpture designed to provide a peaceful retreat
Art installation sits 15 ft high, forming centerpiece of elevated gardens
Lattice steelwork forms archway for patients to walk and sit under
Sculpture made of steel tubing with a specialist coating
The Healing Garden Pavilion is a garden commissioned by a confidential medical center that features green space, water features and a bespoke art installation. Sitting on top of a concrete parking garage, the garden is designed to add vibrancy and color to its surroundings, and serve as a peaceful retreat for patients and their visitors outside of the main hospital building.
BuroHappold Engineering was enlisted to carry out structural analysis and design for the Healing Pavilion art installation. The 13,000 pound installation features two elements; a 15 ft high steel lattice sculpture and a steel platform anchored to the existing concrete building. In addition to housing the sculpture, the platform also supports a portion of a water feature and wood walkway. Our team worked with the artist to refine and realize their concept for the form.
Our engineers carried out computational analysis to define the geometry of the art installation, which consists of nearly 3,000 pieces, and to ensure it would pass the necessary approval process. Following this we advised the use of 2-inch wide mild steel tube for the lattice structure, which is then doubly curved to add strength.
Safety was a key consideration during the design. A specialist coating – usually found on the tarmac of aircraft carriers – was utilized to fireproof the structure. The coating also offers a surface finish that makes climbing on the structure difficult, reducing the risk of accidents and damage to the artwork. This solution, along with the choice of material used for the complex lattice design, led to the project gaining Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development approval.
Designed to promote a positive experience between people and the surrounding environment, the Healing Garden Pavilion offers a therapeutic place for patients and their families, with the art installation providing a visually inspiring focal point.
Client: Ball-Nogues Studio
Architect: Ball-Nogues Studio
Duration: Completed in 2016
Services provided by BuroHappold: Structural engineering
The art installation is designed to allow patients and visitors to move underneath its sweeping form. Image: Ball-Nogues Studio
Our engineers used specialist software to model the art work’s complex form and realize the artist’s vision. Image: Ball-Nogues Studio
The sculpture’s lattice form is constructed from doubly curved steel tubing. Image: Ball-Nogues Studio
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