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Warm, comforting and serene is not how cancer treatment centres are typically described. But then, the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC is far from typical. Doctor David Agus, the clinic’s founding director, “wants to change ‘the soil of the body’ so cancer can’t find a home anymore,” says Melanie Freeland, studio director at RIOS, the multidisciplinary Los Angeles firm responsible for the interiors of the method-busting centre that focuses on patient-forward cancer prevention, care and research.

Robert Indiana’s iconic HOPE sculpture signals the overall ambition of the cancer treatment clinic. Designed by RIOS, its interiors are replete with inviting elements like rich wood and...
RIOS Provides Cancer Patients with a Change of Scenery

In Los Angeles, RIOS’s patient-forward design promotes healing at a cancer treatment clinic.

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