Mayo Clinic Health System

T. Denny Sanford Pediatric Center

Rochester, Minnesota


The Pediatric Center establishes a welcoming and healing environment for the thousands of children and their family members who visit the center from around the world every year. In planning the new facility, Mayo sought to welcome patients into their "home" by sharing the beauty and vastness of Minnesota's natural environment-from rivers and lakes to forest and prairies. The design taps children's imaginations and sense of wonder by recognizing their intrinsic curiosity and intellectual imagination. Rather than presenting nature imagery as a photo-copy facsimile, the designers concentrated on how children "perceive" their surroundings. Scale, repetition and organic patterning encourage children to focus on beauty, wonder and discovery-even if just for a moment.