Woodbury Dermatology Clinic / archimania

© Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

Architect: archimania
Location: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Project Team: Todd Walker, FAIA; Barry Alan Yoakum, FAIA; Tim Michael, AIA, Matt Seltzer, RA, LEED AP; David Pang, RA(Retired); Greg Price, LA; Scott Guidry, CSI, Kayce Williford, Assoc AIA; Todd Steele, LEED AP; Andrew Parks; Stephanie Wexler Malone IIDA
Consultants: Dalhoff Thomas Daws, landscape architecture; Sheridan Structural Solutions, Structural Engineering; Shapply Design Consultants, M/P Engineering; Constance Hickey Scott, P.E., Electrical Engineering; Montgomery Martin Contractors, Contractor
Project Area: 5,226 SF
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: © Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

The firm, archimania, have designed an accessible, retail inspired dermatology clinic for their forward-thinking client. Set in a “sea of retail”, the clinic had to be warm and inviting, while still being uniquely modern.

© Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

Fixed in a mundane suburban context, the design team aspired for a strong artistic statement that breaks the cold, hard stereotype of medical architecture. The exterior of the clinic can be broken down into four parts. These  parts are what compose the two functional components of the plan. The first two, a simple mass clad in stone and a sloped glass and wood form, divide the waiting area into a private space for employees and public seating area.

© Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

Stainless steel panels forming the clinic itself and the rear seminar room also clad in wood and glass, relating to the public waiting area, make up the other two sections. The clinic is situated on a site between two car dealerships. The client found it important that the clinic not get lost in its busy, superficial environment.

© Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

While the clinic provides the necessary privacy for exam rooms, it also maintains an open and friendly environment on the interior. The nurses station and waiting areas are each spacious, welcoming, and comfortable with an abundance of natural light. Due to the material choice, systems, and layout, a level of comfort and understading is expressed both inside and outside the building.

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Cite: "Woodbury Dermatology Clinic / archimania" 16 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=157185>

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    Ironic that a dermatology clinic should have such a scarred facade. Subliminal advertising perhaps?

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