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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Beaumaris Dental in Victoria, Australia by Demaine Partnership PTY LTD

April 6th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Demaine Partnership PTY LTD

This project began when two dentists, who are also father and son, decided that they needed a new building for their growing dental practice – a building that would reflect the quality of their dentistry and modern equipment and a building that would serve their business well into the future.

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  • Architects: Demaine Partnership PTY LTD
  • Project: Beaumaris Dental
  • Location: 7 North Concourse, Beaumaris, Victoria, Australia
  • Design Architect: Craig Barkla
  • Project Architect: Craig Barkla
  • Project Team: Alan Driscoll, Andrea Zidziunas, Natasa Markovic
  • Photographer: Peter Clarke Photography
  • Software used: Archicad 13

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Consultant Team

  • Services Consultant: Cardno Itc P/L
  • Esd Consultant: Cardno Itc P/L
  • Structural Consultant: Intrax Consulting P/L
  • Dental Consultant: Levitch Design & Associates P/L
  • Planning Consultants: Aurecon P/L & Keen Planning P/L
  • Building Surveyor: Bsgm P/L
  • Access Consultant: Disabled Access Consulting Australia P/L
  • Landscape: By Client
  • Quantity Surveyor: Rodney Vapp & Associates P/L
  • Fire Services Consultant: Lake Young & Associates P/L

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  • Client: Bc Dental P/L
  • Cost: Aud $2.6m / Us $2.67m / Eur $2.03m
  • Duration: 18 Months Design & Approvals / 18 Months Construction
  • Completion: Late 2011
  • Area: 670 Sq. M. Approx.
  • No. Floors: 3

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Products & Suppliers

  • Glazing: Various Types By Viridian
  • Floor Tiles: Gunmetal Terrazzo By Fibonacci Stone
  • White Marble: Lima White By Cdk Stone Australia
  • White Render: Acratex Acryic System By Dulux Australia
  • Fixtures: Mary Noall Pty Ltd

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Our first task was to assist the clients realise the potential of the site and to understand the projected local urban development.   This exploration led to the brief being for a three storey mixed use building that provides the ground level for their dental business, a second level for a commercial tenant and a third level as an apartment for the son to occupy.

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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.  This attempt to evoke allusions to dentistry harks back to the tradition of buildings communicating the service or trade that occurs within.

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The street facade of this building is a smooth veneer of polished marble and glass.  The pattern of the stone and the configuration of openings convey a homogenous surface.  As the light changes those glazed surfaces that previously offered solidity via their reflections become deep punctures in the monolithic quality of the stone and, like an x-ray, it is the (uppermost) edges that appear most translucent.  This facade folds in from the adjacent buildings to offer a forecourt and a modest expression of civic presence.  The angled surfaces articulate the building as a cluster of elements and provide a sense of depth and movement via the manipulation of perspective sightlines.

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The rear facades employ sharp incisions to white rendered surfaces to dissolve transform an otherwise box-like form into a cluster of crisp, white elements.  Deep window reveals provide requisite shading and an expression of mass.

The interior spaces offer a picturesque circuit via the staircase and moments of vista.   At the first floor large windows provide the strong visual connection with the street sought by tenants and the windows to the north are screened to respect the sensitivity of the residential interface.  Throughout the apartment baroque-like concealed light sources suggest spatial extension; surfaces toy with reflection and the incised motif is again used to suggest mass.

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