When Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) set out to build its first facility in the borough of Queens, the organization commissioned New York–based Stephen Yablon Architecture to lead the design. “They were an exceptional client,” says the architect. “They recognized the importance of architecture in helping to create a positive patient experience.” The architects were challenged with designing an open, welcoming space on a tight site while meeting stringent security requirements and privacy concerns. The building, which opened in two phases, at the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016, also needed to respond sensitively to its context in a diverse, primarily residential neighborhood. Matching the scale of the adjacent brownstones if not the look, the low-slung, unabashedly modern 15,000-square-foot Diane L. Max Health Center has an assertive yet sympathetic presence on the street. Asymmetric fenestration of high-security glass and porcelain panels in the organization’s characteristic blue punctuate rows of light gray brick.