Located in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood of Memphis, the Christ Community Medical Clinic provides a range of medical services from prenatal to cancer care. The clinic’s owner, a nonprofit religious group, wanted a freestanding building whose design would infuse the area with an inviting, healing image—and catalyze future development and rejuvenation.
Remaining within a tight, $100-per-square-foot construction budget presented a challenge for archimania. Simplicity became key, both in the shape and layout of the building, and in the choice of cost-effective exterior and interior materials. Concrete block and corrugated metal siding comprise the exterior walls. While inexpensive, these materials blend well with the neighborhood’s existing vernacular.
A large blue wall runs the length of the interior, dividing the building’s simple box shape in half. This divider houses shared utilitarian functions and it creates parallel circulation paths for patients and staff. For security reasons, the client sought to limit fenestration. To ensure that interior spaces receive as much natural light as possible, archimania designed a series of acrylic ceiling panels; the semi-translucent paneling maintains an airiness and connection to the sky. Above the main nurses’ station, a skylight provides daylight and creates a wayfinding beacon for the entire clinic.
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