The new Johns Hopkins Hospital buildings are going to be huge. Literally (1.6 million square feet, two towers connected by a pedestrian bridge, a main entrance that’s larger than a football field), but also figuratively. Johns Hopkins has long been known as a leader in medical innovation, and these new buildings allow them to put that innovation into practice.
And, while the official opening is a few months away, a nifty virtual tour lets you go on a sort of 3D walk though the brand-new space. There’s a garden bistro! An oddly-shaped purple couch! Colorful walls!
But all silliness aside, the adult patient rooms look comfortable and (relatively) sizable; every in-patient will get a private room, and come with a sleep-sofa for friends and family. And the whole place looks like a magnet for natural light, which is a good counter to the usual drab hospital atmosphere.
You can’t see everything in the virtual tour, of course. For one, Hopkins is promising the dramatic reveal of “exciting” sculptures and paintings by national and international artists at the hospital’s opening in April. Judging by the hospital art we’ve seen in the past, we’re not holding our breath. But the art selection is approached with anything like the innovation that’s going into every other part of this project, we just might end up pleasantly surprised.