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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.

Care Implant Dentistry in Sydney, Australia by Pedra Silva Architects

 
April 17th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Pedra Silva Architects

On one of Sydney’s high-end retail streets we were invited to design a high-level state of the art dental clinic. The actual space and the brief provided by the client posed a few challenges that got us thinking. An aesthetic is something that may be mistaken as an additional almost cosmetic layer to a design, but in our projects, the aesthetic is a clear response to problem solving.
In this particular case the client requested two receptions with two entrances that could function separately but without compromising the sense of spaciousness and its relationship with people passing by. In the same space we also had a stubborn structural column that seemed to impose itself in all the attempts of trying to integrate it into the design. The solution? Answering the brief and magically making the column disappear!

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

  • Architects: Pedra Silva Architects
  • Project: Care Implant Dentistry
  • Location: Chatswood, Sydney, Australia
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra
  • Client: Dr. Christopher Ho
  • Area: 402m2
  • Project Manager: Andrew Stewart
  • Contracts Manager: Alex Smallbone
  • Project Started: March 2014
  • Project Complete: May 2014
  • Contractor: Renascent

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

To achieve this we created a sculptural wooden element that serves as a filter between the two reception areas. This element serves a dual function: allowing for partial vision between spaces by separating them and at the same time making the concrete column vanish! Built from suspended wooden planks that start with narrow elements that then widen to engulf the existing column, this element was a response to a premise and became the predominant feature working as a space generator, influencing the ceiling and other elements.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

The public accesses the clinic from Archer Street, leading towards the appropriate reception desk and waiting area. The waiting areas are composed of two lounges, one for general dentistry and the other for dental implant practice.

The remaining space of the clinic is arranged around a central corridor that starts in the reception area that connects all the intricate parts of the dental clinic, from examination areas, surgeries, client areas and technical spaces. In the middle of this corridor you find a transparent central core made of glass allowing for natural light to penetrate the interior of the space.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

At the far end of the clinic you find the main surgery where advanced oral procedures are performed. As a national reference in the dental arena, the client Dr Christopher Ho requested that this space be designed in a way that would allow for these complex procedures be seen by piers sharing the experience and knowledge. This was achieved by placing an observation room on a higher level with a large window towards the surgery and connected with a camera allowing for fellow surgeons to view procedures from close-up on a large screen.

In summary this is a space where complex procedures are performed and we tried to create a corresponding space that communicates this level of sophistication leaving a positive and memorable impression on the patients who used it.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

If there is something that summarises who we are and how we work it would be that the best answer always depends on a good question.

At the origin of all our projects is always a unique way of facing a challenge and raising the same question: how do we transform a problem into a unique opportunity?

With more than a decade of experience, we have developed our capacity and flexibility, improved our methods, germinated our experience and know-how.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

We grew and we got better and today we’re a reference in architecture and interior design, capable of responding to problems by adding value and finding the means to create your dream in any part of the world.

In the mean time we continue to do what we have always done: questioning what makes dreams and transforming an idea or a problem into an object of desire.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © Pedra Silva Architects

Image Courtesy © Pedra Silva Architects

Image Courtesy © Pedra Silva Architects

Image Courtesy © Pedra Silva Architects

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