Blurring Lines between Interior and Exterior: Lighting the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute

Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute

In 2013, Lancaster General Health opened the doors of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, a high-tech yet peaceful center focusing on patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The Institute’s gently curved walls, second-floor healing garden and circular reflecting pool are just a few elements embracing the healing powers of nature.

When designing the lighting system for the Institute, Principal Helen Diemer focused on balancing daylight with artificial light to preserve the building’s natural ambiance. Helen chose efficient, long-lasting light sources that support the architecture and model of care that maximizes patient comfort. The Lighting Practice worked with the Ballinger architecture firm, which led the design of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute.


Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute

Context | AIA Philadelphia | Summer 2016

Cancer is a traumatic and pervasive illness requiring careful diagnosis, iterative treatment regimens and extended healing. In response to a growing health system’s need for expanded oncology services the new Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute provides cancer patients with a comprehensive health care facility for diagnosis, treatment and healing. This center is designed to reconnect and heighten the relationships to natural systems that enhance the processes of healing and health.

In the entry court, a circular pool reflects the sky and a generous porch welcomes patients and their families. Once inside the two-story lobby, they have a glimpse of the courtyard garden above, and at the back of the space a “green” wall grows, bathed in light from above. The major materials are natural ones: wood, glazed terra cotta, and a light colored terrazzo floor’; the backlit glass donor wall offers the support, hope and testimony of others who have been on this same journey.


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