Pedra Silva Arquitectos’s Founding Partner, Luis Pedra Silva said the design needed to be visually engaging while promoting the personality of the clinic. This required a progressive and sophisticated design concept in keeping with the advanced cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics work which takes place there.
Silva went on to explain that the design inspiration was based around their interpretation of ceramic dental implants which are commonly used in restorative dentistry. This took the form of more than 500 hand crafted ceramic discs which cover the walls in a honeycomb-style cluster, providing a modern, clean and clinical edge. The design also features a hidden curvilinear door leading to the main clinical area which effectively disappears when shut blending back into the wall.
The reception area communicates with the outside walkway and flow into the public space. The ‘wrap-around’ ceramic wall design with curving corners helps bring movement and provides connection and continuity to the outside realm. The reception desk itself is made of concrete which joins this element to the floor and ceiling while limiting the use of excessive materials.
Another key aspect involved the technical side of the design within the actual dental theatre. Over the years Pedra Silva Arquitectos have built up a deep understanding of workflow, equipment and procedures within world class surgical and operating areas. There are many factors which must be carefully considered in these live working environments, including careful management of space and the free-flowing movement of surgical teams and patients. Practical and ergonomic solutions for technical equipment, instruments and waste disposal are also fundamental and must work with any design concept.
The overall result for Maida Smiles is a minimalist, free flowing design which maximises the use of space. The custom made ceramic wall and iconic furniture also work in tandem to create an interesting dynamic affecting surfaces, light and reflection.
Silva continues that while architecture is largely about problem solving and practical solutions, it is important to us that each and every project receives our signature mark which is built on artistic integrity. The Maida Smiles project is a good case study highlighting this approach.