Children’s Hospital of Michigan - Troy honored by Brick in Architecture Awards

July 22, 2016

Children’s Hospital of Michigan - Troy honored by Brick in Architecture Awards

The Children's Hospital of Michigan -- Troy (CHM Troy), has been named a Silver Award winner in the 2016 Brick in Architecture Awards. 

Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored one of the country's most prestigious architectural award programs - the Brick in Architecture Awards. As the only national association to represent both manufacturers and distributors, BIA is the authority in the clay brick industry. The Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation's premiere architectural award featuring clay brick.

The critically significant services performed within this Children’s Hospital are very serious and frankly scary to most young patients, their parents, family and friends. The three-story Children’s Hospital was conceived as a colorful organization of toy blocks that delineate functions and movement within a friendly, non-institutional, environment that transforms the typical medical experience. The playful composition identifies the primary service functions and support spaces within the main three story blue block, the two story yellow block denotes the main entrance lobby and the one story red block identifies the emergency entrance and associated functions. These simple moves of color, geometry and scale create a welcoming memorable image while providing a necessary visual way-finding tool for the anxious parent as they arrive with their ill child. From the prominent playful exterior design through the friendly and welcoming interior planning and design, a child-focused environment is created just for kids and their unique needs. Color, materiality, detailing, spacial organization and lighting reinforce the concept of creating a transformational experience for children with special medical needs that appears more suited as a big toy than a medical facility.

See the full list of the 2016 Brick in Architecture winners on The Brick Industry Association website.