2019 Best of Design Award winner for Interior— Healthcare: Chelsea District Health Center
Designer: Stephen Yablon Architecture
Location: New York City

The LEED Gold renovation of the historic New Deal–era Chelsea District Health Center is critical to New York City’s effort to significantly reduce STDs. The building’s park location inspired the design concept: a modern health center that is also an airy park pavilion. Undulating wood ceilings and natural-finish tile floors frame curvy, white epoxy-clad clinical spaces, creating a soothing environment. The brightness of the interior is extended in subtle ways to the exterior with a new white rooftop Corian screen and a vertical glass slot cut into the rear facade. Many sexual health clinics come across as stigmatized places, but the facility provides an uplifting experience where everyone feels deserving of dignity and respect.

MEP Engineer: IP Group
Structural Engineer: Silman
Lighting Design: Cline Bettridge Bernstein
Exterior Restoration and Consulting: WJE
LEED Consulting: Steven Winter Associates

Honorable Mentions

Project Name: Mount Sinai Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Designer: Perkins Eastman

Interior of child's hospital room

Interior – Healthcare: Honorable Mention: Mount Sinai Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

Project Name: YPMD Pediatric Neurology Clinic
Designer: Synthesis Design + Architecture

Hallway with colorful doors

Interior – Healthcare: Honorable Mention: YPMD Pediatric Neurology Clinic (Zack Matthews)

Editors’ Pick

Project Name: NEXUS Club New York
Designer: Morris Adjmi Architects

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