client: north shore long island jewish medical center
As part of the North Shore LIJ Medical Center expansion by SOM, Thomas Balsley Associates was commissioned to design a landscape that reflects both the hospital’s commitment to healing and its reputation as a progressive health care institution. Thomas Balsley Associates has proposed two major landscape spaces for the campus. The first of these spaces is a campus green which is both visible and iconic and presents a new public face of the hospital to its visitors. This large landscape island is located at the core of the hospital entry and is both flexible and useful enough to host activities ranging from contemplative seating to small performances, all within a lush contemporary landscape setting of lawns, boulders, native grasses and enhanced by the sights and sounds of a runnel and water wall. The second landscape space is an intimate “women’s” garden that extends the lobby views and activities outdoors. This small expressive space is a quiet contemplative garden room that will host café seating clusters and glass “healing” shelters with poetic inscriptions. Each shelter aligns with a linear garden that recalls Long Island’s rich nursery heritage.