Brilliant Veterinary Care

Brilliant Veterinary Care

Architect
Group Projects Architecture
Location
New York, NY, USA | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Hospitals
Anna Ritsch

Brilliant Veterinary Care

Group Projects Architecture as Architects

The Brilliant Veterinary Care offices and hospital are located in an existing commercial storefront on the Upper West side of Manhattan. The project began by establishing a long, continuous ribbon like wall that winds its way through the space. Multifunctional in purpose, the ribbon wall serves as a wayfinding device by changing shape to draw clients into the reception area, a container to house private exam rooms where the ribbon folds in on itself, and an organizational tool to separate clients and medical staff.

photo_credit Anna Ritsch
Anna Ritsch

The wall also establishes a zone where the ceiling was lowered to create more intimate areas within the 12’-0 tall existing ground floor space. New mechanical units were then discretely located in the plenum areas of the ribbon wall, eliminating the need for exposed ductwork in the client occupied front of house spaces. This reduced visual noise throughout the space and helped to create a serene environment for clients and staff.

photo_credit Anna Ritsch
Anna Ritsch

The renovation also required a central connecting stair within the ribbon to create access to back of house spaces located at the cellar level below. While security concerns made fully enclosing the stair a necessity, cladding its volume in frosted glass allowed for natural light to be brought into the enclosure as well as the primary staff corridor behind it. This enabled the main circulations paths to feel spacious, and provide a muted visual connection between the staff and client areas.

photo_credit Anna Ritsch
Anna Ritsch

By selecting a subdued material palette of white and grey tones, the space was made to feel calming and bright, while changes in texture provided visual

interest throughout the hospital. The existing rough concrete deck ceiling was exposed and painted white to contrast the smooth white sheet rock perimeter walls and add nuance between the surfaces.

photo_credit Anna Ritsch
Anna Ritsch

Large format gray porcelain tile was chosen for the flooring to meet the durability requirements of the program and to foreground the lighter elements in the space. Warmer materials were used in the waiting room areas with a custom white oak reception desk and seating elements, while 9’-0” tall doors to the medical rooms were painted in light blue to match the Brilliant Veterinary Care branding colors. Millwork for the medical rooms was clad in gray matte anti-microbial, low VOC and phenol-free laminate panels.

photo_credit Anna Ritsch
Anna Ritsch

To wrap the outer surface of the ribbon wall, 11/16” Wide x 11/16” Deep x 108” Long strips of pine cove molding were stacked back to back creating a "U” or fluted shape in plan. Oriented in the vertical direction, the units were then arrayed along the entire length of the wall and painted white. The shadow lines of the fluted strips and curved geometry of the ribbon wall provide rhythm, depth, and texture to the surface, which subtly change as one moves about the space.

photo_credit Anna Ritsch
Anna Ritsch

New lighting fixtures throughout the hospital help define the zones between clients and staff and add another layer of visual texture to the space. Further modifications to the storefront included new thermally broken windows and doors, as well as a new mechanical system partially concealed in the ribbon wall.

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