Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital


Baltimore, MD


Johns Hopkins Health System

Project Size

211,500 sq. ft.

Completion Date

June 2009

The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital has established a world class reputation as a premier medical vision research and patient eye care center. Previously spread throughout several buildings on campus, the completion of the Robert H. & Clarice Smith Building has consolidated Wilmer’s researchers and clinicians into one modern facility, promoting collaboration.

Located on the first floor is the Maurice Bendann Surgical Pavilion, featuring six ophthalmic outpatient operating rooms with support space and shelled space for future expansion.  The remaining floors are house research laboratories and offices.  Areas of study include macular degeneration therapies, glaucoma, retinal cell and molecular research, regulation of Rhodopsin Gene Expression, and other areas of vision research

The building is centered around an airy, five-story atrium, lined with windows and skylights to fill the space with natural light. Each of the main laboratories fronts this space with a glass wall, providing researchers with abundant sunlight and engaging views of the atrium and concourse. The most striking exterior design feature is the glass paneling that soars above the main entrance. Carefully positioned, these glass panels reflect the octagonal Wilmer Dome, marking the Institute’s original, historic location.  The dome is also visible through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the board room and staff conference rooms on each of the facility’s floors.