Can a Building Be a Metaphor?

JEMA's design for the West End Clinic is moving forward. The new design includes renovating the existing 5,500 sq. ft. building and adding a new 9,000 sq. ft., 2-story addition. The design is contextual yet distinctively modern.

The new building is a metaphor for what West End Clinic does: rebuilding lives from the bottom up. The base of the building is solid masonry and is a metaphor for the solid foundation West End clinic is re-building in each of their client's lives. The upper floor is glass, transparent, and light. The top of the building is a metaphor for personal transformation. Natural light enters each space and at night, light emanates from the new structure like a beacon of hope. 

Glass on Brick. Light on Heavy. Transparent on Solid.

Glass on Brick. Light on Heavy. Transparent on Solid.

The new addition (left) connects to the existing building with a glass entry.

The new addition (left) connects to the existing building with a glass entry.