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
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
Images: Copyright Andrew Rugge. Courtesy Perkins Eastman.