Architecture Photo of UWMC 6N OB Expansion

Architecture Photo of UWMC 6N OB Expansion

Architecture Photo of UWMC 6N OB Expansion

UWMC 6N OB Expansion

Healing with the Comforts of Home

The most comforting feeling in the world is the safety of a mother’s arms. The UWMC 6N OB Expansion is a close second. Dedicated to the comfort and care of both mothers and their newborn babies, the UWMC 6N is an expansion of the University of Washington Medical Center’s existing mother-baby unit. Attached to yet separate from the rest of the rest of the unit, 6N lies in its own peninsula within the UWMC building. Off and away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the hospital, the OB expansion provides high levels of direct, specialized care and monitoring, as well as extra privacy. Across the hall is a low-activity blood lab that, because of its proximity and minimal traffic, affords patients plenty of peace, quiet and rest during their stay. Designed as a flexible space, the patient rooms in 6N can be used in different ways for recovering and expecting mothers, accommodating antepartum examinations and postpartum recovery care. The flexible use of the patient rooms supports different staffing models, depending on the type of care needed. A focus on freshness in the front entry to UWMC 6N welcomes patients into the safety and support of the Natal Care Unit. The abundance of light from both exterior windows and interior light fixtures marks the expanded wing as welcoming and approachable, a significant benefit for the patients who occupy the unit for extended periods of time while receiving care. Within individual patient rooms, a deliberate effort to embrace the feelings and aesthetics associated with hospitality spaces elevates each room and guarantees comfort while adhering to the existing University of Washington Medical Center design standards. Earth-tone finishes and wood-look headwalls bring moments of biophilia into each patient room, while wide windows provide exquisite views of the University of Washington’s campus below. Sleeper sofas, pendant lights, and repeated geometric patterns are among the deliberate design decisions for materials choices and color palettes that create moments which transform the patient rooms from a clinical space into a home away from home. Durable finishes ensure that the rooms are easy to clean and built to last, without sacrificing an ounce of comfort.

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Seattle, Washington
  • 8 Beds
  • 1 story
  • 5,800 sq. ft.
  • Completed in 2023

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