UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center

Architect: CannonDesign

Location: La Jolla, California

Category B: Built, More than $25 million in construction cost

www.cannondesign.com

Reflective of UC San Diego’s vision toward the future intersections between technology and medicine, Jacobs Medical Center is designed as three hospitals in one with focus on women’s and children’s, cancer and specialty surgery. The tower is the cornerstone of a new campus identity focused on the future of health, pairing cutting-edge, modern medicine with best-in-class patient experience.

Jury

Gregory Wieland, AIA (Chair) Altus Studios, Omaha

Tama Duffy Day, Gensler, Washington, DC

Rick del Monte, FAIA, BeckGroup, Dallas

Robin Guenther, FAIA, Perkins+Will, New York

John Kouletsis, AIA, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., San Francisco

Joan L. Suchomel, AIA, Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, Chicago

Stephen Yablon, AIA, Stephen Yablon Architecture, New York

Jury comments

The building demonstrates a consistent design vocabulary, inside and out, which extends beyond just the public spaces. The exterior has a feeling of fluidity that tracks all the way around the building, with the overlaps inherent to the form, not looking “glued on.” The use of ceramic frit softens the skin, and provides a contemporary feel. The innovative use of form for the patient units carries all the way through.

The use of lighting as design is very thoughtfully accomplished. The interior exudes a sense of calm, in a spa-like atmosphere that says you are cared for here. The meditation room is exquisite in its entire volume.

The project was beautifully photographed and presented.

The jury’s key phrase for the project: Total design integration.

Image credits

UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center

Christopher Barrett

UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center

Christopher Barrett

UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center

Christopher Barrett

UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center

Christopher Barrett