Situated in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Crown Sky Garden is a sanctuary for patients, families, doctors and administrators within the 23-story Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The commitment to this sky garden was built upon a growing body of scientific research which links access to natural light and contemplative spaces to reduced patient recovery time. This regenerative project offers a new paradigm for healthcare design that integrates healing gardens as part of the healthcare regiment within these institutional environments.
For patients and families, the garden offers an interactive play of light, water, and color. Children activate the garden through engagement and orchestrate sounds of nature through their presence in this active space. An additional tree-house overlook comprised of glass walls and reclaimed wood flooring is incorporated at the upper hospital floor, offering a more contemplative space with scenic views to the garden below.