Methodist Hospital Outpatient Center
Joe Aker/Aker Imaging
Methodist Hospital Outpatient Center
Oct 17, 2011

WHR Architects designs a centralized outpatient facility, already an icon in Houston's skyline, that can stand up to fine hotels


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A fixture of Houston's skyline, the Methodist Hospital Outpatient Center is crowned with a steel "tiara" sporting three spires that reference the Holy Trinity—since the hospital system is faith-based—and the trio of science, research, and education.

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Backlit etched glass adds another hospitality design element to the ground floor lobby. Lounge seating is upholstered in durable polyurethane that mimics luxurious leather, with fabric used on some back cushions as an accent.

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The second level looks out onto the ground-floor lobby, its clean-line furnishings, and mix of carpeted and granite-tiled floors.

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A two-story-tall water wall offers soothing sights and sounds in the first-floor lobby; its iridescent mosaic tiling creates a sparkle effect.

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The infusion bays can be accessed separately by staff on one side and by patients on the other side.

Methodist Hospital Outpatient Center_06 On the patient-entry side, lounge furniture allows patients to socialize with fellow patients or to simply enjoy the views outside.
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Wood veneer paneling lends warmth to public waiting areas, where seating is both visually appealing and easy to clean.

Methodist Hospital Outpatient Center_08 Among patient amenities, the chair-massage rooms feature soft aqua pebble mosaics, decorative sconces, and a custom carpet with an organic pattern, all of which contribute to a spa-like setting.
Methodist Hospital Outpatient Center_09 Green and blue mosaics were used as wall accents that reference water and spas.
Methodist Hospital Outpatient Center_10 Instead of the sterile hospital cafeteria aesthetic, the Outpatient Center boasts lounges, cafes, and dining areas that are on par with hotel amenities.
Methodist Hospital Outpatient Center_11 Waiting lounges offer a comfortable setting outside exam rooms.