Beaumaris Dental / Demaine Partnership

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Architects: Demaine Partnership
Location: 7 North Concourse, Beaumaris, Victoria,
Project Architect: Craig Barkla
Project Team: Alan Driscoll, Andrea Zidziunas, Natasa Markovic
Client: BC Dental p/l
Cost: $2.4m
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Peter Clarke


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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.

© Peter Clarke

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.

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

© Peter Clarke

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. 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.

1st floor plan

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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Cite: "Beaumaris Dental / Demaine Partnership" 03 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • jeb

    fantastic project, especially by Melbourne standards

  • nappy

    Looks awesome..Like the shower etc. BTW what kind of cladding are you guys using on the exterior?

    Pretty sick project…nice surprise!

  • Tony

    I love that this is an Australian project, the level of detail and finish is astonishing. I am moving to Victoria Craig, keep an eye out for my CV.