Asked to design a modern cancer treatment center in an existing 8,025-square-foot space, one of the primary goals for Rachlin Architects (Culver City, Calif.) was to create a patient-focused facility. When visitors arrive at the UCLA Hematology and Oncology Center (opened in 2012) at in Pasadena, Calif., they are greeted by an entrance with Douglas fir ceilings and curved wall panels that ease transition into the facility and hint at the interior. 

Inside, visitors pass through the reception area to a corridor that surrounds the treatment room and leads to either of two office/examination wings. Curved walls and a warm neutral color palette create the impression of an open, relaxed space. Illuminated slots in the wood-paneled wall endow the space with a warm glow.

Within the treatment room, infusion chairs are organized in a circular pattern that radiates from the nurses’ station, improving visibility and staff efficiency. The design emphasizes warm colors, softened angles, and curves. Large windows offer wide outdoor views that help to alleviate the anxiety and discomfort of patients undergoing lengthy treatment.