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Dentist with a View / Shift architecture urbanism

  • 01:00 - 14 January, 2013
Dentist with a View / Shift architecture urbanism
Dentist with a View / Shift architecture urbanism, © Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

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  • Construction Advisor

    B2CO, Richard Fielt, Ede
  • Installations Advisor

    Van Delft Groep, Nieuwkuijk
  • Contractor

    Van der Weegen Bouwgroep,Tilburg
  • Furniture Contractor

    Bots Bouwgroep, Deurne
  • Zinc Façade Sub Contractor

    Bax koper en zinkspecialist, Bergeijk
  • Frames Sub Contractor

    Hoefnagels Groep, Tilburg
  • Budget

    € 340.000 excl. vat
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Floor Plan
Floor Plan

From the architect. The task of this project was to transform and extend an historical house in the centre of Best, a village in the south of The Netherlands, into a dental practice with four treatment rooms. The central question was how the extension responds to the existing architecture  and how it profits from the green setting.

© Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

The four new treatment rooms are situated in a new volume that at the same time mimics and contrasts the existing house. Its archetypical volume is derived from the existing house – it takes over the exact same inclination of the pitched roof - while it is being materialized in a very different material. Both the roof and the facades of the extension are clad with zinc. This strengthens the iconic quality of the archetype and renders the new extension into a "contextual alien" that blends into the rural surroundings and at the same time creates a clear new landmark that expresses its new function.

© Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

The new volume provides each treatment room with an archetypical space of a miniature house. Its high ridge and steep ceiling results in a vertical space that connects to the perspective of a patient in the dentist chair. A roof light in each treatment room enables the patients to relate with the outside, even during treatment. A large ‘flower window’, that also serves as a bench, floods the rooms with daylight and provides both the staff and their patients with a framed view of the surrounding green.

© Rene de Wit
© Rene de Wit

All secundairy functions of the densist practice are positioned in the existing house without harming its structure and typical 1930’s details. The patient enters and waits in a homely and familiar atmosphere that, together with the experience of the surrounding garden from the extension, makes the necessary visit to the dentist in a (slightly) more comforting experience.

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Dentist Essendon · March 11, 2013

Good post and the information given in this blog is really fantastic

dentist hermosa beach · January 30, 2013

If you want to become a dentist you will be required to take couple of extra years of dental training after achieving your doctorate degree in dentistry.

Selena Mini · January 16, 2013

It's quite amazing design!

Elocin · January 15, 2013

"secundairy" is a misspelling correct? A mistake like this is very distracting and loses readership.

Giggity · February 14, 2014 11:07 PM

You forgot a comma and started a sentence without a capital.

CorBOOZier · January 15, 2013 08:05 PM

Then stop reading and start your own grammatically correct blog.


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