Angular facade of Australian dental surgery inspired by commercial usage within
Several years ago, a father and son run dentist practice approached architects Demaine Partnership with a loose concept for their family business in Victoria, Australia. After a close analysis of the urban site, the design studio suggested a contemporary mixed use project which utilised the site footprint to its utmost potential, with the dentistry on the ground floor, a commercial level above which could be let for additional income, and a third floor with residential accommodation for the son.
The sculptural design may appear a contemporary approach at first glance but the angular façade and smooth marble and glass veneer actually hark back to a time where the architectural design of commercial buildings suggested the trade offered within.
Demaine Partnership details: “For the design of the building, we began by reflecting upon the aesthetic ideals of dentistry and the role of the dentist to sculpt and shape teeth. We took this as our starting point for the architecture. We developed the design to achieve a considered interplay of the qualities of translucency, reflection, depth, solidity, surface and composition with the aim of giving proper expression to the craft of dentistry.”
Angular elements provide a recognisable exterior but also define the shape of the internal volumes, giving acutely angled walls and recessed windows which permit vast quantities of light into the stark white interior.
The edges of the marble facades appear almost translucent when viewed against the harsh Australian sunlight, mirroring the appearance of an x-ray photo. Light also plays a key role in the differentiation of space usage throughout the building, as the commercial second floor sports large windows to provide a strong visual connection to the street while the residential level above is more secluded for the private homeowner.