A Reflection of Home
Children, teenagers and families from across Saskatchewan influenced the exterior design of this new hospital.
Architects, who had spent time travelling through Saskatchewan and working with children, teenagers and families, saw an opportunity with the shape of the hospital. It looked similar to the shape of Saskatchewan and could literally be a reflection of our province. They wanted it to work with the light and clouds of our prairie sky while ensuring we could maximize daylight and the views from patient rooms. At the same time, they wanted to create an exterior design would be symbolic of a maternal and children's hospital unique identity and recognized the importance of incorporating colour on the outside.
The team also knew that this hospital would also be part of the University of Saskatchewan campus and would border Saskatoon's majestic river valley. Both the University of Saskatchewan and Meewasin Valley Authority needed to approve the hospital's exterior design. With that, the design team worked closely with both organizations to ensure exterior concepts considered university design elements and the beauty of the river valley. It will include a combination of metal, glass and stone reflecting all the elements of our great province and the beauty of its location.
Exterior facing Royal University Hospital and Saskatoon Cancer Centre evolves - April 2014
With the provincial government's investment of an additional $20 million to add 24 inpatient rooms given recent population growth, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors will evolve. This caused a slight alteration to the shape of the building. However, all the remaining detailed exterior and interior design concepts developed were maintained.
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