Roadside Attraction: Legacy ER, a freestanding emergency room and urgent-care facility stops traffic with an angular folded roof of zinc panels and perforated screens.

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Roadside Attraction:

Legacy ER, a freestanding emergency room and urgent-care facility stops traffic with an angular folded roof of zinc panels and perforated screens.

By Mark Lamster

What will the future of American medical care look like? One answer to that question lies amid the suburban sprawl of Allen, Texas, a bedroom community sprouting from the tawny prairie land some 30 miles north of downtown Dallas. There, on a stretch of nondescript parkway lined with banal strip malls and cookie-cutter housing developments, you will find an unexpectedly antic structure of folded zinc planes, jutting angles, and perforated mesh screens.

This interloper is Legacy ER, an 8,500-square-foot freestanding emergency room and urgent-care facility owned and operated by a group of local physicians. The architect is Yen Ong, a partner in 5G Studio Collaborative, a nine-year-old Dallas-based practice, which gained prominence in 2011 with its design for the 1,000-room Dallas Omni Hotel, a sleek wedge wrapped with bands of LED lighting.
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