There are few environments with more negative associations than dental clinics. The hygienic, sterile atmosphere, the obligatory “white color palette” and the distinctive smell are usually connected with a feeling of physical and psychological discomfort. With this in mind, we should be striving for a radical new understanding of both hospitals and dental clinics—moving away from negative reactions towards an atmosphere of well-being and relaxation.
The aim of this project was to enable patients to forget about their fears and relax in ways they would typically experience in a spa, cafe, restaurant or hotel. Why not embellish the reality of a dental clinic with experiences of beauty, health and wellness?
A visit to the dentist could be seen as a journey of well-being that balances potentially distressing medical treatment by such services as consultation, preventive check-ups, beauty therapy, dental care and alternative practices.
The main focus of the extension for the kids dental clinic in 2011 was the lounge and the treatment rooms for the children. Additional rooms serve as laboratories and training rooms. The continuous sand dune topography creates elements that can be climbed onto. The new wing of the dental clinic contains a vertical garden with treatment rooms behind it.