Texas Children’s Hospital

Located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, this leading medical facility entails a campus of three large buildings separated by public streets. Basement parking areas and research facilities extend underground beyond the buildings, resulting in a landscape that is substantially a roof garden at street level. White Oak Studio landscape architects have completed all of the landscape development of three major projects in 1990, 2002 and 2007-9, using native trees, azaleas, ornamental grasses, earth forms and landscape lighting to unify the separate sites into a coherent identifiable campus. Two major pieces of public art were integrated into the landscape, ‘Sail Park’ in collaboration with architect Charles Tapley, and a giant mosaic lizard by Fletcher Mackay. A wonderful playground and rooftop courtyards and landscaped balconies are used to bring natural elements further into the experience of hospital patients.