The LEED Platinum certified Kaplan Family Pavilion is a spiritual oasis located on the campus of the City of Hope research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The pavilion, designed by Belzberg Architects, is organized around a century-old camphor tree and encourages well-being and hope.
Located at the City of Hope research and treatment center in Duarte, California, the pavilion features undulating, sinuous concrete walls that create seating areas around a century-old camphor tree. Functioning as a serene sanctuary where visitors can relax and take in the air, the pavilion features a subtle lighting system of 75 backlit LED plaques installed along the surfaces of both concrete walls.
The 7,000-square-foot project comprises two buildings with exhibition and event spaces, offices and storage areas. Drought-tolerant plant species populate the site and, together with the openness of the building, help reduce heat gain.
Photos by Bruce Damonte