PLANNED PARENTHOOD QUEENS DIANE L. MAX HEALTH CENTER
Queens, New York
Planned Parenthood’s new clinic in Queens transforms a former storage warehouse into a welcoming ambulatory healthcare center.
Using the building’s generous new windows as inspiration, the design calls upon coves and skylight-type fixtures in select spaces to amplify the sense of a light-filled environment. LED light coves in bold colors punctuate a sleek, white interior. These colorful elements work with signage and furnishings to support way-finding and spatial organization. The design embodies a modern, forward-thinking spirit, representative of the center’s youthful clientele.
A thoughtful combination of LED and fluorescent sources achieves a 5% energy savings beyond the stringent limit of .90 w/sf, and also meets the project’s modest budget. Light, color and architecture are woven together to create a friendly, upbeat health center that will serve as a guide for future Planned Parenthood facilities.