The Pavilion City of Hope by Belzberg Architects

Drawing a strong connection between the institution’s heritage and its site.

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The City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, marked its centennial with the addition of a new, multi-faceted space at the heart of its Duarte, California campus. In addition to creating 7,000sqft for lectures, exhibits, events, and administrative offices, the LEED Platinum Centennial Pavilion engages the landscape to form an outdoor sanctuary.

▼建筑外貌,exterior view


Inspired by wishing trees found across campus (right), our design re-aligns an off-axis promenade on the campus grid and wraps the Pavilion around an existing camphor tree that was planted around the same time the City of Hope was founded. The location of the project draws a strong connection between the institution’s heritage and its site. The Pavilion comprises two single-story buildings that radiate from the camphor. Two curved concrete walls protect the interior entrances while twisting to create a contemplative seating area around the tree; their alignment is such that people entering and exiting the buildings are kept out of sight to those enjoying this outdoor zone. Along the surface of both walls, LED-lit niches highlight the City of Hope’s many milestones, while leaving room for future accomplishments to be noted.

▼场地规划,site plan


▼两弧面墙环绕樟树而设,curved concrete walls surround the tree

▼弧面墙壁形成休息区,the curved wall created a seating area

▼LED灯沿曲面墙壁排开如同建筑的里程碑,LED-lit niches highlight the City of Hope’s many milestones


The buildings’ openness to the north avoids excessive heat gain and exposure, and draws a strong connection between the occupants and the surrounding landscape. Drought-tolerant planting and pervious pavers, along with low-flow fixtures help the project achieve significant water usage savings. The creation of this new Pavilion and outdoor area continues to draw both staff and visitors alike, providing a welcome counterpart to a typical uncongenial healthcare environment.

▼建立室内外的联系,a strong connection between the occupants and the surrounding landscape

▼建筑内部,interior view

▼可持续性设计,sustainable strategy



Client: City of Hope
Location: Duarte, California
Completion Date: 2015
Area: 7,000sqft
LEED Certification: Platinum
Project Team: Belzberg Architects, Hagy Belzberg (Partner-in-Charge), Daniel Rentsch, Andrew Kim, Ashley Coon, David Cheung, Cory Taylor, Susan Nwankpa, Micah Belzberg, Chris Sanford, Kristofer Leese, Chris Arntzen(Project Manager) Landscape Architect: Ahbe Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Nous Engineering
MEP Engineer: California Energy Designs
Civil Engineer: VCA Engineers General Contractor: Winters-Schram & Associates LEED Consultant: Green Dinosaur
Photography: Bruce Damonte + Benny Chan/Fotoworks

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