Foster+Partners’ new Samson Health Pavilion opens

On a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio the opening of the new Samson Health Pavilion was celebrated, including remarks from Tom Mihaljevic and Delos Cosgrove – leaders of Cleveland Clinic, Barbara Snyder – President of CWRU and Norman Foster.

The project is created as part of the Health Education Campus at Case Western Reserve University and is an investment in the future of health education for the university and Cleveland Clinic.

The goal for the four-storey building is to combine spaces for students from medical, dental and nursing schools under one roof. Each school is arranged around a round internal courtyard which is the social heart of the pavilion. The space is necessary for informal work meetings and chance encounters. The different faculties share also teaching spaces, administration areas, lecture halls, recreational areas and technical teaching facilities as well as cafeterias and personnel support.

In collaboration with the clinic, Foster+Partners has also designed furniture pieces for the library, meeting rooms and other working spaces.

Norman Foster said about the project: „The growing interdisciplinary nature of education and research requires more informal meeting and debating spaces – we have designed a building that encourages collaboration and builds a platform for practical learning and knowledge sharing.”

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