RIM Architects | Walter J. & Ermalee Hickel House

Walter J. & Ermalee Hickel House

Anchorage, AK
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Providence Alaska Medical Center
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Named after former Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel and his wife, Ermalee, this 3-story building provides a total of 43 guest units for those receiving outpatient care or visiting patients at the Providence Alaska Medical Center. The Providence House’s mission to support PAMC patients and guests suggest a building form that is residential in style and function that blends into the woods and wetland surroundings of its location on the Providence SW campus. The building is approximately 32,000 SF of gross floor area over three stories and provides a total of 43 guest units.

Immediately upon entry, guests are welcomed in a double height foyer that opens up into the communal living room featuring a central double-sided fireplace. A large kitchen and dining area on the northeast half of the ground level face the wetlands and provide users with a generous space to cook and eat together. The east side of the building features a large deck area with BBQ and seating space for guests, as well as an open-air interpretive gazebo situated approximately 50 feet beyond the east façade into the wetlands. A child’s play area highlights the southwest corner of green space adjacent to the main entry of the building.