NYU Langone Health, Hassenfeld Children's Hospital

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NYU Langone Health, Hassenfeld Children's Hospital

​The Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital takes advantage of the full resources of the larger hospital while creating a separate and unique experience for children and their families.​

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The entrance to the Children’s Hospital is marked by “Spot,” a 38-foot-tall Dalmatian balancing a taxi on its nose, a public sculpture as playful as it is monumental. Created by local artist Donald Lipski, Spot assures families that they have arrived at the right place.

A dedicated lobby establishes a New York City theme that carries throughout the Children’s Hospital.  Separate elevators for children and their families connect the lobby to the various clinical areas on upper floors. This strong visual motif helps to create a coherent experience as families move through the building.

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The Children’s Center, on the seventh floor of the tower, houses the family resource center and child-life activity areas, including an art room, a teen lounge, and an event space for holiday celebrations and performances. A broadcast room allows programming on the seventh floor to be recorded and broadcast to the inpatient rooms upstairs. 

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The distinct children’s terrace offers patients the opportunity to get outside and play, a precious resource for children and families with extended hospital stays. 

The pediatric surgical center has a separate reception and family waiting area for children. Dedicated rooms for prep and recovery are sized to accommodate family members and are equipped with sliding glass doors for greater acoustic privacy. 

On the inpatient units, a reception desk immediately off the elevators ensures that all patients and visitors are greeted when they arrive on the floor. In addition to the large Children’s Center, smaller playrooms can be found within each nursing unit.

Patient rooms incorporate technology to allow patients and family members to control all aspects of the environment. From a tablet mounted on the overbed table, the patient can adjust the window shades, lighting and temperature. A digital footwall allows the patient to play games, watch videos, order meals, and communicate with family members at home.

The NYU Langone Health Hassenfeld Children's Hospital is located within the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, a component of Ennead's NYU Langone Health, Master Plan.


New York, NY
86,000 GSF
Lobby and public space, Child Life Center, Inpatient Nursing Units, Surgical Center, Administration, Terrace
LEED Platinum


Ennead Design Team
Thomas Wong, Duncan Hazard, David Tepper, James Sinks, Kevin Krudwig, Elizabeth Arnaiz, Matthew Dionne, Amy Cantwell, Dean Kim, Brian Masuda, Stephen PD Chu, Todd Van Varick, Megan Miller, Hsin-Yi Wu, Fernando Suarez, Rick Michod, Michael Mangiagli, Stefan Abel, Alfonso Gorini, Philip Holub, Christen Johansen, Peter Juang, Gregory Canaras
Associate Architect
Specialty Interior Design and Exhibits
Skolnick Architecture and Design Partnership
Landscape Architect Consultant
Hargreaves Associates
Structural Consultant
MEP / IT Consultant
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Sean Airhart/NBBJ, Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects


  • 2019
    • Healthcare Design Showcase, Honorable Mention
    • Engineering Excellence Award (EEA), Structural Systems, ACEC New York Diamond Award
    • Engineering News Record New York, Best Healthcare Project Award
    • SEAoNY's Engineer's, People's Choice Award