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With the majority of dental clinics being uninviting; cold, clinical, really a place one would rather not go, the challenge to design a dental clinic, was a difficult one. It was crucial to depart from traditional thinking, rather reinvent what a dental clinic should be.
The design objectives were set; create a space which evokes a feeling of comfort and relaxation, a clean and inviting environment.
The dental waiting area, was conceived as a lounge/cafe. The front desk a bar, made of backlite pure white stone. High floating fabric ceilings, and a video/art installation as a backdrop. A café lounge area by day, and event reception area by night.
Contrasting the cool material palette of the reception area, the dental operatories were designed to be more ‘spa like’, rooms which evoke a sense of retreat and relaxation. The material palette needed to be warm and inviting, yet issues of durability and functionality could not be ignored. Commercial grade hardwood flooring, shimmering silk synthetic wallpaper, fabric ceilings, and acid etched glass walls, were chosen.
Most successful; the acid etched glass walls, allowed for privacy, yet each operatory was flooded with indirect sunlight, the rooms were warm, inviting the sense of retreat and relation was achieved.
The detailing of the space had to be carried out with the precision one would associate and expect from a dentist. With a sophisticated material pallet, we knew it would be crucial to follow this project into the construction phase, and insisted on being involved. A unique agreement was reached with the client, the project was to be carried out as a 'design build'. As a result all site work was organized and executed by the architect, ensuring the design and quality was not compromised.
5000 YONGE DENTAL - TORONTO, CANADA
INTERIOR DESIGN, COMMERCIAL - INTERIOR DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT - 1340s.f.
INTERIOR DESIGN IN COLLABORATION WITH LUCY SAVANIS