Wood for the good of patients at NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center
Opened in May 2018, the new wellbeing center on New York’s Upper East Side follows a holistic approach: aspects of health and wellbeing are reflected throughout the overall design and furnishings, which has a strong focus on natural materials.
Architectural studio HOK Architects specified Danzer Linea veneer for the walls, ceilings and furniture surfaces inside NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center.
Danzer Linea: a technical real wood veneer. Unparalleled in the industry, it is characterized by a linear, fine rift-sawn aesthetic.
Dornbirn (Austria)/New York (USA). Patient wellbeing takes center stage at NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, which opened its doors in 2018. The interior at the outpatient care facility reflects a holistic approach that unites healthcare aspects and natural materials. In their execution of this vision, project studio HOK Architects selected Danzer Linea real wood veneer for the walls, ceilings and furniture surfaces.
The architects behind NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, a state-of-the-art health and wellbeing facility which opened on the Upper East Side in May 2018, adopted a holistic approach: “Respected studio HOK Architects took health and wellbeing as their guiding principle for all aspects of the design and fit-out – ultimately selecting a variety of natural materials for the new center’s interiors. Our Danzer Linea real wood veneer immediately won over the project team and we are very pleased that they decided to use it so extensively,” explained Phil Tomasello from the Danzer Specialty Division in North America. Danzer Linea American White Oak was used for the walls, ceilings and furniture surfaces at the 740,000 square foot NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center.
Trend towards wood in healthcare and sport sectors
“In recent years we have seen a growing trend towards the use of natural wood finishes in hospitals, wellness centers and sports facilities,” reported Phil Tomasello. Various research groups are shedding fresh light on the role played by natural materials in the built environment under an approach known as biophilic design. The concept centers in creating natural or near-natural settings in which people can live, work, study or recuperate. “Consciously integrating nature into our interiors and architectural design – including public institutions – is becoming more prevalent all the time. Wood regulates the heart rate, has natural antimicrobial properties and provides an outstanding tactile connection to nature,” Phil Tomasello explained. Especially for these projects we are a strong partner for interior designers and architects alike. We are the brains behind wood, your longtime experts with experience to support every stage of the development process – from initial idea to final execution.”
Danzer Linea and other products in contemporary showrooms
Danzer Linea is a true-species, technical veneer. Manufactured from sustainable sources in the Northern hemisphere, it has an appealingly distinctive linear, rift-cut look. Like all natural veneers, Danzer Linea exhibits visual depth as light sources naturally reflect off the grain of the wood. The standard range of products is offered in a variety of different wood species. In addition to technical veneers, the Danzer portfolio also features standard and exotic veneers available in a choice of around 200 types of natural wood. Danzer’s hardwood products are on display at the company’s newly redesigned showrooms. “We’re happy to welcome prospective customers to our state-of-the-art showrooms where we provide in-depth information on the veneers, various prototypes, 3D-Veneer products and research projects on display,” Phil Tomasello added. Danzer’s showrooms are located in Grödig near Salzburg/Austria, in Kesselsdorf near Dresden/Germany, in Mělník/Czech Republic and Darlington, Pennsylvania/USA.
Picture credits picture 1 and 2: Photographer: Eric Laignel, architect: HOK
Danzer facts box:
One of the world’s largest producers of decorative hardwood.
Holding company located in: Dornbirn, Austria
Production sites: 4 in Europe, 6 in North America
Sales offices: 7 in Europe, 8 in North America, 3 in Asia
Product range: sliced wood, lumber, timber and logs, specialty products (Vinterio, 3D-Veneer)
Sales in 2018: EUR 200 million
Supplies customers in 84 countries worldwide
Employees: 1,600 worldwide
Danzer is a leading quality hardwood company with production facilities in North America and Europe. It has approximately 1,600 employees and services customers from 18 sales offices worldwide. Founded in 1932, Danzer is managed by a third-generation family member. The company owns and sustainably manages forests in North America and produces sliced veneer, lumber and innovative value-added wood products for decorative purposes. Danzer products are used in high-quality furniture, kitchen cabinets, cars and other applications.