Duda|Paine Architects of Durham, NC was selected to design the Center for Health & Wellbeing following an extensive search including local, regional and national candidates. Duda|Paine Architects has worked with hundreds of organizations to create meaningful, purposeful and transformative spaces.
Duda|Paine was the ideal choice for this unique project. The firm is known for creating public spaces that enhance the environment. Duda|Paine believes public spaces can strengthen our sense of community, improve social wellbeing and quality of life for people. Through a connection to the outdoors and integrated landscapes, the spaces between Duda|Paine buildings are transformed into assets that connect the human spirit with the spirit of place.
Architect’s Vision for Center for Health & Wellbeing
The visionary goal for the Center for Health & Wellbeing has been to bring the three realms of Wellness, Fitness and Medicine into one integrated center.
The Wellness components will center on community and educational offerings, the Fitness program will be anchored by the Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center, and the Medicine aspects will include offices for clinical and therapeutic services. The concept of merging these three disciplines together is to encourage the overlap and to blur the boundaries between them.
The architecture that will house this new paradigm draws its inspiration from the site and the inherent healing power of nature and gardens.
For the vision to be successful, it is essential that the new center is not just a building but rather an experience. The building is informed by the adjacency of multiple gardens and a direct correlation to the walls that engage them.
The garden walls that emerge on the site set the basic geometry of the building. The height of the walls have a relationship to the human body relative to sitting, standing, reaching and inhabiting. As the walls become one story or two story, they are occupied by program. The simple device of shaping these walls allows the inventiveness to create unique openings and garden like expressions with stucco and wood.
The centermost space is the warm inviting Commons that will provide unexpected encounters and discoveries about health and wellness. It will be the community center that offers choices, enlightens, and becomes the place to meet friends. The space is clad in warm shades of wood with an undulating ceiling that enlivens the experience of moving through it. The space will be the light filled centerpiece of the complex with a memorable presence in place making.
The image of the Center for Health & Wellbeing is intended to be a layered experience. Layers of gardens, layers of choices and layers of meaning. Every view will evoke a different perspective that will ultimately add up to a rich experience for the community that uses it.
Turan Duda, FAIA