We handled the interior design planning as well as corporate identity (CI) planning and graphic designs including logos and signs for this dental clinic with a 40-year history, opened in 1975, when it relocated.
The clinic is a large-scale dental clinic replete with an in-house dental laboratory and 15 examination tables.
The goal was to create a bright, open examination room by taking advantage of the light coming in from the windows facing Sakurada-road on two sides.
Since the clinic was relocating from the second floor of a building complex to the first floor of the adjacent building, the surface area shrank to 2/3 of the previous location. However, as the clinic was going to leave the existing number of examination tables and equipment as is, the challenge was to fit it all into a compact space without compromising functionality.
With the large number of staff and patients that would be in the examination room, the room was designed as a circuit around the center to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, while the plumbing and private rooms, such as the special examination room, were positioned in the center. To prevent the area of private rooms in the center from feeling closed off, an opening was designed in the upper part, creating a line of light that wraps around the center by furnishing indirect lighting at the boundary of the opening and making it a design accent that can be seen from anywhere in the spacious examination room.
The private rooms that demanded for noise to be blocked out were sealed off with FIX glass around the top, creating a sense of unity.
Large sheets of glass were placed on two sides of the special examination room, giving the room an open feel. Smart film was placed over the large openings on the side, which incorporated the functionality of making the glass opaque during examinations and ensuring privacy while preventing the room from feeling stuffy.
Since the staff room is used to conduct seminars and similar events, it was positioned adjacent to the reception room and designed to become a spacious area by moving the furniture around.