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Patterson Ob / Gyn / buildingstudio

  • 01:00 - 6 June, 2010
Patterson Ob / Gyn / buildingstudio
Patterson Ob / Gyn / buildingstudio, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Appling Road, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
  • Architects

  • Design Team

    Coleman Coker, Jonathan Tate, David Dieckhoff, Christopher Schmidt, Carl Batton Kennon
  • Interior Designer

    Emily Summers Associates, Interior Design
  • General Contractor

    Patton & Taylor Enterprises
  • Budget

    US $630,000
  • Area

    3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The site fronts on a new feeder road connected to a nearby expressway. It sits between two other professional buildings of matching colonial facades complete with artificial dormers and mass- produced Georgian columns.

While the first inclination was to make an expressive contemporary insertion, upon reflection this approach would have competed as just another “sign” like the traditional works, just another façade treatment facing the street.

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

The alternative was to make a non-building as seen from the street. To help achieve this, the scheme developed with heavy planting, making a kind of pocket park between the book-matched buildings. The building’s "disappearance" is accomplished by pushing its street side down into the earth. Further enhancing this, a jasmine-covered berm that sits against the eastern edge of the building. This berm continues up the low-sloping roof, turning into a garden roof planted out with sedum.

A small water-garden flanks the front entrance and is visible while sitting in the main waiting room. This space was designed as a glass pavilion for views out to the surrounding landscape and a retention pond for storm water runoff from the parking area; marsh grasses surround this catch basin.

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

All spaces in the building rely on natural light from its clerestory windows above the seven-foot datum. These clerestories occur at the building’s perimeter and as well along each side of the interior corridor. Helped by the building’s narrowness—thirty-two feet—the clerestories fill the interior with sunlight and provide transparency to the project while allowing views to the sky from every room.

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

Five exam rooms line the hallway spine of the building. They open to a walled garden by full width glass on the exterior wall (eighteen inches above the floor, and again seven feet as part of the clerestory system).

The south and west clerestories have wide overhangs and a system of aluminum perforated planks above the seven foot datum that are sunscreens to reduce solar gain.

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

Another water pool in the courtyard is visible from the secondary waiting room adjacent to two doctor’s offices at the building’s east end. All HVAC ducting is below slab for energy efficiency while helping keep the roof structure as thin and light as possible.

Bamboo plank flooring is laid in the public spaces and a composite floor with recycled material covers the exam room floors. Green glass tile and white ceramic tile are laid on the floors and walls of the restrooms. Other walls and ceilings are gypsum board painted white.

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley
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Well designed dr&#39s office @boglestreet my good friend coleman coker & emily summers designed this:

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simondroog · June 07, 2010

I like the way the building seems to almost hide from sight - good prospect and refuge possibilities!


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