New front door to University of Illinois Hospital reignites image, reduces congestion, and improves circulation
The University of Illinois Hospital, built in 1968, confronted several problems: a nearly unrecognizable entry, a dated and congested lobby, security issues, and navigation shortcomings. Additionally, the hospital faced heavy competition from recently built or renovated nearby hospitals with a surplus of inpatient beds.
Legat’s competition-winning design for the UI Health Welcome Atrium creates a crystal jewel box by day and a glowing hearth at night. The exterior features a green roof, glazed walls, and a polished stone stepped planter. A wide canopy welcomes visitors with lighting at night and heat during the winter.
When visitors step through the new 16-foot self-rotating revolving door, they enter a spacious, light-filled atrium and approach a large reception desk. A bamboo-clad contemplation space floats within the atrium and aligns with the main concourse. Four manmade trees absorb sound and dapple seating areas with sunlight.
Seating area clusters promote privacy, while new elevators and access to a second-floor pedestrian bridge improve circulation. A grand stair leads to the bridge and the contemplation space entry.