Dentist with a View / Shift architecture urbanism

© Rene de Wit

Architects: Shift architecture urbanism
Location: Oranjestraat 55, ,
Project Architects: Harm Timmermans, Pieter Heymans
Area: 292 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Rene de Wit

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

Floor Plan

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

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

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

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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Cite: "Dentist with a View / Shift architecture urbanism" 14 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Elocin

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

    • CorBOOZier

      Then stop reading and start your own grammatically correct blog.

    • Giggity

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

  • Selena Mini

    It’s quite amazing design!

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