To facilitate this transition, Ryther has embarked on a major fundraising initiative to renovate the campus. While much of our work will focus on the nuts & bolts of getting the buildings fixed up and ready for another generation of service, we've also been tasked with something really special: Transforming a fairly non-descript institutional campus into a place that is expressive of its unique nature, namely that Ryther is a mission driven institution, dedicated to healing families and helping children to realize a better life.
Throughout the process we have looked for opportunities to express the child centered nature of the institution through architectural form. Just in time for Ryther's annual fundraiser, we unveiled our design for the new campus entry and lobby.
The project features many unique design elements, but the common theme that runs throughout is that they are invitations to children to engage with their environment in an open-ended, creative, and imaginative way. They are a way of expressing, in built form, the values of the institution. They are playthings for children, but also a means to communicate Ryther's values to parents who are making choices about where to take their children for help.
Design Team: David Neiman, Liz Pisciotta, Erin Feeney. John Barker Landscape Architect
|New entry to the clinical services building. A leaf shaped canopy captures rainwater from the upper roof and channels it into a new stream bed. The building entry features a playful entry door sized just for kids.|
|The campus lobby kids corner. A peaceful, skylit space intended to encourage calm behavior, the room is decorated with a sea-to-sky mural, soft furniture, and a thickened wall that kids can nest inside.|
|First brainstorm sketch of the pole forest.|
In addition to being Ryther's architect, we are also proud supporters. If you wish to join us in making a donation to Ryther, here is the link to their fundraising page.