Museum's Copper Cladding Renews Massachusetts Healthcare Facility
Project: Paul D. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation
at Massachusetts General Hospital
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Architects: Leers Weinzapfel Associates
The Paul S. Russell MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation serves as the new entrance to the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The famous American architect, Charles Bulfinch, built the original hospital building in 1811. For generations it has served as Harvard University’s primary teaching hospital.
The new museum exhibits the hospital’s progression in the fields of medicine and surgery as well as its expansive achievements in research and development over the last two hundred years.
The two-story structure, designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, creates a new public entrance to the hospital. Featuring copper cladding and glass, the building occupies an entire city block. The exterior façade is made of recycled copper, one of the building’s many sustainable attributes. The fabricated copper creates a durable and maintenance-free exterior for the new construction.
Several of the building’s sustainable features were created to combat Boston’s harsh climate fluctuations between the winter and summer months. Providing insulation, fritted glazing was applied to the exterior glass, which controls natural daylighting. A green roof was created in order to extract accumulated moisture in addition to various techniques including permeable paving and planting.
There is also a rooftop garden, planted under a steel pergola, adding a quaint ambiance to the facility as well as an unobstructed view of downtown Boston.
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