Golden Gate Urgent Care


Golden Gate Urgent Care Clinic

San Francisco, California

4,000 GSF, 372 M2

Interior Architecture, Programming


Tough constraints can yield creative design solutions. This small prototype facility is a novel approach to urgent-care delivery in dense, urban retail districts. Innovation came in this case with a rapid construction schedule—only eight weeks—and with a very limited budget.

The result offers a low-cost, compelling rollout for future clinics. The bold yet simple design relies on color and modern forms to attract visual attention from the street. The same colorful composition reflects the efficient and compassionate care provided within.

On a symbolic level, the orange color of the curved waiting room wall draws inspiration from the Golden Gate Bridge, while the blue wall in the staff support area alludes to the bay waters. Lighting accentuates these dynamic accent hues and creates a warm and inviting ambience that serves to comfort staff and patients alike. In all, it's a striking example of how efficient care can be married with a thoughtful, cost-effective design to create an eye-catching and memorable patient environment.

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