City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center

Irvine, California

Altitude Design Office’s signage and wayfinding program prioritizes the experience of patients with a minimal, hospitality-oriented design that balances the need to be clear and highly visible with the desire to be reassuring and calming.

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City of Hope, a world-renowned cancer research and treatment center, is creating a transformational $1B second campus in Orange County, California, opening City of Hope Lennar Foundation Cancer Center in 2022 and an adjacent acute care cancer hospital in 2025. Altitude’s system of architectural signage and wayfinding developed for City of Hope’s Los Angeles campus informed the approach for this new campus, which uses a minimal, hospitality-oriented design for patients, visitors and staff.

Altitude’s signage program features rich wood and metallic accents that integrate with the architect’s warm and natural design palette and reflect the Orange County locale. Critical for signage in a healthcare setting, multiple design options and materials were tested using built prototypes, resulting in the selection of Di-Noc architectural finishes for their elevated aesthetic and their ease of cleaning and durability.

The cohesive wayfinding system eases the experience of patients and caregivers and enhances the effectiveness of staff by improving orientation and access to information. Altitude worked directly with clinical staff to understand the impact of naming and numbering on day-to-day operations, and to make decisions together that would maximize clarity and flow. With thousands of signs located throughout the facility, those required by health and safety codes have also been carefully coordinated to communicate clearly yet avoid visual clutter.