Landscape architecture firm Mikyoung Kim Design designed Crown Sky Garden, a healing sanctuary that tops the roof of the new Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Enclosed by glass walls with striking views of the city skyline, this rooftop garden features a multi-colored resin wall that snakes through an evergreen bamboo grove and reclaimed wood benches. Built upon the research that natural life and interactive spaces reduce patient recovery time, this regenerative garden interweaves light, water and color to encourage exercise and social activity.
The Crown Sky Garden offers patients the chance to enjoy nature in a tactile and multi-sensory environment. A multi-colored wall crafted of folded and interlocking eco-resin panels changes in color from a cool aqua to deep saffron. In the center of the garden, motion-sensor LED lights transform the wall into soothing images of water. Bubbling fountains and colored glass marble water runnels continue the water motif with the added element of sound.
Natural light streams through the glazed walls and create dappled shade through the bamboo leaves. The garden highlights the use of renewable and recyclable materials, including locally sourced natural stone and reclaimed wood painted with a natural, non-toxic finish. Children who activate sensors in the reclaimed logs trigger speakers with recorded sounds of nature. One floor above, the designers built a Founders Tree House constructed of reclaimed wood from a variety of different tree species.