It looks like New York’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Columbia Care, is going to be making headlines for more reasons than one. While the concept itself has certainly been getting a lot of people to pay attention, it looks the building will also be worth mentioning. Designed by the firm RPG, the group took a transparent approach and created a space that is both open and modern. According to the firm, “This was a great, new experience for us. We’re really happy that we got to partner with a company that is groundbreaking and game changing in the field of natural therapy, and a company that is bettering people’s lives.” With the idea that the space should be as free as possible, RPG decided to make sure that there were as few barriers as possible. Where barriers did have to be used, they made them short and clear. RPG says, “Columbia Care wanted their patients to feel a sense of community. The space offers more opportunity to be social. It doesn’t feel like there are too many physical barriers, you can stand there with a pharmacist and ask questions or do your own research.” However, despite the open concept, RPG had to be sure to adhere to strict privacy guidelines that any medical institution must follow. On top of that, the regulations for a marijuana dispensary also had to be followed closely.
With that being said, RPG definitely accomplished what they set out to do, and the space is very modern and easily accessible. RPG’s CEO, Bruce Teitelbaum, finished off his description of the space by saying, “The touches of wood add a warm element, and the images in the waiting room and pharmacy provide good deal of education so patients are able to learn on their own terms. All the elements we used underscore the organic nature of the product and the natural therapy being provided.” While most people wouldn’t think that a beautiful design is necessary for a place like this, this is proof that all spaces are worth a thoughtful and appealing design. Take a look at these photos of the inside of New York’s first medical marijuana dispensary.
images via ny.curbed.com