Hospital food might have taken a turn for the better. Three design teams have joined forces to create this green communal space at the Eskenazi Health Hospital in Indianapolis. The large plaza called The CommonGround and the rooftop Sky Farm are designed to provide patients, hospital staff and the community with a space to engage with nature and food, learn how to grow fresh produce, and better understand the relationship between good nutrition and health.
The team who designed the CommonGround was led by David Rubin, principal at LAND COLLECTIVE, the two fountains were designed in collaboration with design studio Fluidity, while Diller Scofidio Renfro designed the trellis structure. Several local design and engineering firms were part of the effort to create a new public space in front of Indianapolis’ oldest public hospital.
The 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden, called Sky Farm, was created as part of a community-supported agriculture program-partnership between non-profit Growing Places and Eskenazi Health. Raised garden beds were constructed on the roof of the Outpatient Care Center on the Eskenazi Health campus and the program provided health coaches to educate people about fresh vegetables and how to grow them safely and affordably.