The main source of inspiration for this project is the Staff of Asclepius. This image of a snake winding around a staff, a common symbol for the medical profession, formed the basis for an interesting spatial concept. The design revolves around the health and well-being of the patient and generates a twister, a compositional element which winds from the couches at the front, into the wall, stretching over the ceiling and drawing patients toward the reception desk. The sense of compression afforded by the narrow floor plan accentuates this experience, luring visitors further into the room as they comprehend the full scope of the interior.
GRAFT’s strategy of breaking with stereotypes and traditional patterns of perception are of particular relevance when designing a dental practice, as few environments are so tainted with negative preconceptions. What is commonly a cold and sterile environment has been replaced by a lounge-like atmosphere. Invigorating warm colours and a dramatic winding and sheltering spatial sculpture redefine the experience of visiting the dentist and promote a sense of comfort and well-being.