HTC Brooklyn Health Center
The New York Hotel Trades Council
Brooklyn, NY / 160,000 SF
This flagship health center, designed by Francis Cauffman, has joined its network of facilities for the New York Hotel Trades Council and Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. Health Benefits Fund, Health Center, Inc. (NYHTC) In addition to providing top-of-the-line care to its members, NYHTC also wanted a building that engaged the dynamic, culturally vibrant neighborhood; an arts hub in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn.
The 12-story and 177-foot tall building takes advantage of its unusual teardrop-shaped site to create a lively façade that reflects this culturally diverse neighborhood. The swooping, triangular shape of the building positions alternating patterns of fritted glass and fins to catch the sun at different angles over the course of a day, so the look of the building seems to transform as shadows, light, and reflections of the surrounding neighborhood fluctuate across its surface. When the sun sets, the glazing disappears to reveal the circulation corridors of the health center, an illuminated red band that frames the movement of patients and staff.
The building does not have physician' offices or waiting rooms - all appointments are handled electronically through online scheduling and registration programs that link patient records and medical history with the appropriate treatment programs. Members simply walk into the building, right into their treatment spaces. The goal is for 85% of patients to be treated in less than an hour.