The two-story, 50,000-square-foot Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Cancer Center in Dallas offers personalized care in a facility dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer-related conditions. It was designed by HKS.

According to HKS project manager Anita Isaacson, the site takes advantage of views toward Jenkins Branch and the mature trees that border the branch and the existing pond. “We wanted the building to have a welcoming and natural vernacular inside and out. 

“Having been through a cancer treatment experience with my father, I understand what it feels like to wait in a cold, sterilized infusion therapy area for long periods of time. We wanted the center’s design to evoke healing,” she explained.

“Serenity, community, and strength were the key principles when designing the interior,” said David Urling, vice president, interior design, HKS. “Warm fireplaces, built-in bookcases, lounge seating and views to nature are located throughout to convey a sense of respite and coziness. The radiation oncology and imaging centers are designed with warm woods and soothing tones. The infusion and blood draw areas host outdoor views; reclining, heated seating; and multiple televisions, as well as built-in seating with Internet connectivity for accompanying visitors.”