Lessons Learned Program - Lesson: Pod Design, Hexagonal Concept
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12300 Twinbrook Parkway Suite 610
Rockville, MD 20852
Keyword: Pod Design, Hexagonal Concept
The Health Center is organized into three hexagonal pods connected in-line by two narrower elements. Public reception areas are located at the center of the pods with the medical and support departments around the pod perimeter. The resulting mall effect is esthetically pleasing but is not entirely successful in terms of interdepartmental relationships and patient and staff flow patterns.
Building plans and layout should be determined by the functional needs of the program
and not external factors such as predetermined pods of structural limitations.
Early design reviews must consider the program needs and convey this requirement to the
designer. Alternate layouts and consideration of departmental interrelationships should
lead to an optimal solution.
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