Holy Cross Hospital


Holy Cross Hospital

LocationSilver Spring, MD
ClientHoly Cross Hospital
ServicesSite Design, Construction Documentation, Construction Administration
Site Area0.30 ac (0.12 ha)
Budget$300,000 USD
Date2004 - 2007

OCULUS was commissioned to design a garden at Holy Cross Hospital to serve as both a memorial to the hospital’s founders and to provide a healing garden and space for contemplation and repose.

The design creates an intimate sense of place and seclusion on a small site through use of sculptural grading, curving paths, lush planting, and vertical elements. Throughout the garden, planted screen panels serve as backdrops to seating areas and provide a sense of privacy and place.

A sculptural wooden feature wall and fountain spans the length of the northern edge of the garden, providing a calming backdrop for the space and screening the adjacent parking deck. The soothing sounds of moving water and the array of aromatic plants create a peaceful experience that engages the senses. The garden evokes the personalities of the hospital’s founders through grading and planting strategies that create a sense of warmth, comfort, and care.