Health Sciences Centre (HSC), Women’s Hospital: Working with the Surrounding Environment

Women’s Hospital, located at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, was designed to meet the needs of women and their families.

The site is located at the northeast corner of the medical campus, delineated by both institutional and residential boundaries. The new bridge connecting the Women’s Hospital to the Diagnostic Imaging Building and the Ann Thomas Centre frames the entrance to the main campus, and provides an opportunity for a large entrance sign on the side of the bridge. The east and south façades are the public faces of the new hospital. They are transparent, delicate, and simply detailed. The east glass façade, along Sherbrook Street, incorporates a continuous fritted mural that reflects the strength of nature by paying tribute to Winnipeg’s urban elm forest, the largest in North America. Throughout the building, references to nature—particularly in art—and the generous use of wood are used to enhance the healing environment.

A Principal and shareholder at Parkin, (and University of Manitoba graduate), Lynne Wilson Orr addressed the components surrounding the hospital and the internal elements that influenced the design of conceptual planning, space programming, and design.

Parkin has developed a series of videos that focus on Lynne’s experience in designing and planning the hospital. The fifth video in the series “Working with the Surrounding Environment” is posted for viewing. To view this insightful video, please visit us on You Tube.