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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.

Molecure Pharmacy in Taiwan, Taipei by Waterfrom Design

 
August 24th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Waterfrom Design 

The owner of this project is a post 80s from a pharmacy family, as the third generation, he hopes to subvert the traditional image of pharmacy and melt it into the diversified modern environment. Just like MOLECURE is split and reorganized from words “Molecule” and “Cure”, while approaching to the design, we returns to the original purpose of pharmacy- extracting molecule from nature to synthesize healing drugs. Thus we get the idea of building a space which we named “green in the lab”,  combining the seemingly conflicting qualities of “primitive” with “technology”, just like new compounds formed due to molecular bombardment.

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

  • Architects: Waterfrom Design
  • Project: Molecure Pharmacy
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan, Taipei,
  • Photography: Kuomin Lee
  • Space Design: Nic Lee, Richard Kuo, Kate Chang
  • Owner: Molecular pharmacy
  • Main materials: Cobbles, wood, perforated plates, acrylic, brick
  • Spatial pattern: Dispensing area, consulting area, drug bar, office, meeting room, restroom, storages
  • Indoor area: 120㎡
  • Design time: 2016.7 ~ 2016.11
  • Construction time: 2016.12 ~ 2017.4
  • Date of opening: 2017.05.19

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

Ways of molecular aggregation varies from triangular to polygonal, spherical to cones, and the change on its shape due to different ways of aggregation could be amazing. We extracted the two characteristics of molecule – “connectivity” and “aggregation” into our design. For example, we used cement to stick cobblestones on the two towering walls on the left and right side, whose rough texture gives people a sense of being real. The metal, lightweight glass and transparent acrylics are crisscrossing, and straight lines are adopted to build the display racks which is in longitude-and-latitude shape; just as repeated expanding of the molecule – with drugs put on them, the display racks seem to disappear from the space, while the colorful drugs act as paintings to color the walls. The space is thus floating with breathtaking abstract art atmosphere.

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

One-way mode of traditional pharmacy counter service is avoided here, the core of the space is a laboratory table, where pharmacists interacts with customers . Together with the open dispensing area, and iPad embedded consulting service system, interactive information aggregation function and innovative customer experience are created. The laboratory table is stacked with solid wood, original cortex of a trunk over a hundred year is taken as the base of the table, together with the hanging green plants that grow profusely, it looks like an original forest. This subvert the dumb atmosphere of a traditional pharmacy, and also turns medicine and health care into a healthier lifestyle.

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

As an unprecedented integration of three business types – drug display, dispensing experiments, and life experience, what connects them is a curvy copper corkscrew staircase, which makes people think of DNA double spiral structure in molecular biology. countless molecule-like triangular holes are cut by laser on the stairs to create shadows which symbols scattered shadow of leaves. This acts as a salute to the nature.

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

Just as the owner desired, Molecure Pharmacy not only gets rid of the fixed stereotype of Pharmacies, brings the three-generations traditional pharmacy a totally different look and improves the value of existence of Taiwan’s stagnant pharmacy industry, redefines the value of health from four aspects: drugs, health food, diet and exercise, but also brings people who pay increasing attention to health a new space which integrates function, aesthetics, and experimental spirit.

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

Waterfrom Design

“The form of the water comes from the container it is in. It adapts to the changes in the environment with boundless imagination.” – Waterfrom Design.

Established in 2008, Waterfrom Design straddles both the interior design and the architecture field, believing that design should be like water, simple and pure, organic and ever-changing, retaining the simple, neatness of water’s essence, and displaying possibilities without framework in concept. We strive to give attention to the story and context of the space and time, to create spaces that can convey messages, and let emotions settle and mature. In recent years, Waterfrom Design has received the Golden Pin Award, Asia Pacific Interior Design Award, Taiwan Interior Design Award, and their work has been reported by the Italian, Dutch, French, Korean and other international media.

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

Nic Lee

The process of design and its results are difficult to predict, so all the possibilities must be attempted. Only through continuously drawing, creating multiple drafts and versions, can the final answer be found. We maintain the belief that aesthetics comes from approximating what is natural. All the lines of the drawing are not drawn with rulers. The designs I like are not purposefully neat and organized, but to have a little bit of natural lines, which will let us get closer to the space that we want to express.” – Nic Lee.

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

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Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

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Image Courtesy © Kuomin Lee

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