Clinica Jardim / espaço a3

© FG+SG – , Sergio Guerra

Architects: espaço a3
Location: Lisbon,
Principal in Charge: Carlos Pinto Velosa
Collaborators: Isabel Guerreiro, Fernando Pires, Pedro Gomes (Design)
Engineering: Luis Teixeira, Eng.
Client: Prof. Dr. Luís Jardim e Prof. Dr. Paula Marques
Project Area: 470 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

In Lisbon, in a mirrored post-modern building, a new space takes place, a dental medicare office with a minimal design where every detail is taking care by espaço a3.

When we first visit the space we found an old building flight where offices use to work. The building with a glass skin is full of natural light however functionality imposes lot of partitions in the space.

floor plan

The client, from dental medicare services, was looking for a renovated space that will reflect the image for their work. This way our first approach started with looking to all necessities and special program to follow.

Our main goal was to bring natural light to all the spaces, and we made it possible. The different paths started to draw the partitions and transform the whole flight space until the elevator area since our intervention was extended to the building flight common space. Here the reception takes place and the clinic image is presented with a touch of color, allowing a reference to the cooperative image of their medical services, also developed by espaço a3.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The corridors embrace the tecnichal and private spaces to the center of the space. Those paths are characterized by large glass plans from floor to ceiling. This way applied they create a dynamic together with hidden LED’s at the same glass “walls” and create an organic space.

Being the natural light the goal of this project, the color is almost neutral transforming the variety of textures our main source to characterize the space and duplicate the natural light, using glass, mirrors and gloss finishes. These materials helped to reflect light and transform the space.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Ceilings also where part of our texture work and we explored the textured acoustic dropped ceilings at the corridors, also the offices ceilings with a translucent false ceiling. In opposite to these tecnichal space where the artificial illumination is hidden the waiting area is transformed and characterized with the plasticity of Herzog and DeMeurom light fixtures, giving a strong personality to this area.

The whole floor is elevated to carry all the technical wiring required. The textures where also explored once again using PVC carpet at the waiting and corridor areas and regular vinyl at the offices, since those materials give comfort and are proper for clean and maintenance.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The furniture was defined with the client in order to find the proper function and also bring a strong design quality to the space. This selection brings to the space a strong personality never giving away the comfort of patients and staff. The option of having different waiting areas with different ambient and sits it’s a prove of that desire. There are also some elements with espaço a3 signature as furniture, wall and door signs and handles as well.

The image of this medical office looks for a modern, simple and sophisticated look, being very dynamic and with a strong personality.

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Cite: "Clinica Jardim / espaço a3" 01 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • SPUD

    some pretty nice elements here, i just wish the pattern on the ceiling was not tiling so much.

  • c.c.

    anyone have any idea the brand of flooring used?

    • espaço a3

      we have 2 floor, one is a pcv carpet 2tec2 on all the public spaces, on the medical offices a vinyl

  • PatrickLBC

    I like it, the design is clean and medical without feeling sterile. I agree the repeat pattern on the ceiling is annoying. But in general this is the most beautiful dentist office I have ever seen!

  • jon B

    Very nice space. what is the ceiling made of? is it a specific product?