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San Francisco | University Osher Center Medical Office Building | KMD Architects


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Program: A five-story, 56,604-square-foot medical office building on the UCSF Mount Zion hospital campus, with doctors' offices, exam rooms, staff lounges, yoga studios, spaces for education and research, and an accessible green roof with a Japanese healing garden. The building is divided between two tenants. The UCSF Medical Center, which provides outpatient services for the hospital, occupies levels 1 and 2. The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, whose offerings include acupuncture and Ayurvedic medicine, is on floors 4 and 5, and the two offices split level 3.

Design concept and solution: In keeping with the Osher Center's mission to offer alternative therapies, the architects designed the steel-structure office building with feng shui principals in mind. They oriented the building to face east and treated the two centers as two distinct volumes that fit together like stair steps. The lower volume (the medical center) is clad in plaster with a brick veneer to symbolize the earth, one of the elements of feng shui. The upper volume (the Osher Center) features floor-to-ceiling windows and a rain screen made of wood-grain (another element) phenolic resin panels. Other feng shui elements include metal—present in the building's steel frame—and fire, which KMD represented with an oval-shaped rooftop aluminum-panel mechanical screen that reflects sunlight. Inside, bamboo ceilings, porcelain stone tile, and wood-slat ceilings round out the Asian-inspired materials palette.

Total construction cost: $26.2 million

Fonte: Architectural Record
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