The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center



Cladding Area500 000 sf

ArchitectPerkins Eastman Architects in association with Ennead Architects

OwnerMemorial Sloan Kettering

Project type

Phase of InvolvementDesign

Type of Construction

Year of Completion2019


The new 750,000-square-foot David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is the largest stand-alone cancer care center in New York City and foregrounds the development and utilization of innovative outpatient treatment programs. Offering nearly every aspect of outpatient cancer care across many specialties, the 25-floor state-of-the-art facility, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was designed to help restore patients’ health and well-being. The massing of the building is broken into smaller volumes to reduce its scale to fit the surrounding neighborhood.

The facade is an assemblage of ‘modules’ based on the structural grid, consisting of terra cotta panels and glass infill. The relationship between opaque (terra cotta) and transparent (glass) wall is controlled by the pattern of modules applied to the facade. Vertical terra cotta fins of varying depths provide shading, reduce solar heat gain, and control glare while providing an interior environment with an abundance of natural light and expansive views of the East River and beyond.

Heintges provided building envelope and curtain wall consulting services during all phases of design and construction.

Images: Copyright Andrew Rugge. Courtesy Perkins Eastman