Ren Pepe Arquitetos has converted part of a former financial institution in Porto into a dental surgery, featuring geometric patterns that reference the city’s several tiled frontages .
The dentists resides on the initial floor of a 5-storey developing positioned in the centre of the Portuguese city.
Local firm Ren Pepe Arquitetos – which is led by architects Ren Ito and Alessandro Pepe – sought to give the clinic a distinctive aesthetic and looked to its surroundings for inspiration.
“There are loads of tile-rendered buildings in this spot and we wanted to use one particular of these tile patterns in our style,” Ito informed Dezeen. “Our design idea is inspired by one particular this kind of layout: the windmill.”
This motif is manufactured up of tessellating triangles – equivalent to the facade of a lately renovated apartment building elsewhere in the city. The architects applied it to the interior walls and furnishings, but also integrated it into light fittings, doors and screens.
“The challenge of this task was coordinating everything from the program to the section’s incorporation of this pattern,” Ito explained.
The clinic comprises five treatment method booths and a waiting area. Patients and personnel enter the building via the ground floor and can pick to get the stairs or a lift up to the 1st floor.
On arriving at the waiting area, guests are faced with a reception desk decorated with triangles in two colors. There are also a series of custom-created wooden benches, which characteristic the 3-sided shapes on their sides.
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Public toilets are neatly tucked away to one particular side of the reception desk.
The 5 remedy booths are found just beyond the waiting area, behind a door that also attributes the windmill motif.
These booths are divided up by freestanding screens, and each and every space has its own window to enable loads of all-natural light and ventilation.
A tiny workplace, locker room and private restroom are also supplied within personnel quarters.
The triangles that attribute on the walls during the clinic are created employing three materials – plasterboard, PVC plastic, and a Portuguese wool known as Burel, which provides acoustic insulation.
Lighting fixtures sit inside of recessed sections that run along the edge of the ceiling.
Photography is by Ricardo Loureiro.
Creative directors: Ren Ito, Alessandro Pepe
Designers: Michela Piddiu, João Ramos, Cátia Cunha, Marta Machado, Ricardo Leitão
Floor strategy Dezeen