Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca

Ithaca, NY

4,800 square feet


Modern hospitals can be very stressful environments for patients, doctors, staff and visitors alike. The need to get away is real.  

Attractive on-site dining space is one of the most effective ways to address this requirement. At Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca the existing hospital cafeteria was too small and congested. HOLT's redesign for The Garden Café creates a larger new facility that embodies the latest style and trends in food service systems. The traditional cafeteria style layout was replaced with separate market style "food-islands" to ease long customer lines and offers healthier, more diverse options such as a salad bar, stir-fry station and deli. The enlarged seating area now comfortably accommodates 140 persons within new curved glass walls that extend outward from the existing hospital into the adjacent garden. Outdoor seating overlooking a small stream is popular in warm weather. The light filled interior is deliberately playful using curved forms to contrast with the orthogonal order of the main hospital interior. Multi-colored terrazzo flooring is applied in a fluid arc design. Other materials include blue composite stone countertops and natural lacewood and maple paneling and casework. Stainless steel edge bands add durability at the serving areas. Curving light tracks with decorative pendants fixtures contribute to the playful décor. New furniture is light weight and comfortable. The space is wired for new technology to easily accommodate hospital staff gatherings.  


For more information about this project contact Graham L. Gillespie, AIA:


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