Implantlogyca Dental Office Interiors / Antonio Sofan Architect

© Todd Mason Halkin Photography

Architects: Antonio Sofan Architect LEED AP
Location: Arlington, ,
Client: Alfonso Patron DDS
Project area: 1,800 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Todd Mason Halkin Photography

© Todd Mason Halkin Photography

This dental office design in Arlington, Virginia is about exposing the therapeutic benefits of color as backdrops for the highly meticulous dental specialty of periodontics and implant surgery. It is also about articulating contrast in such way that color provides positive distractions to patients and visitors as they experience through the space.

© Todd Mason Halkin Photography

A curved corner triangular feature volume, clad with natural wool felt strips of different thicknesses and widths, dictates the flow of the 1,800 square foot office. Lined in bright yellow to encourage energy, admissions and checkout are handled separately from inside at opposite ends. From the entry through the waiting area patients walk up to the reception counter before proceeding for treatment while signing out occurs inconspicuously on the other side. It was one of the main concerns to isolate acoustically from the surgical suites in such reduced square footage.

© Todd Mason Halkin Photography
© Todd Mason Halkin Photography

Five operatories laid out along the perimeter benefit from the urban and open views while allowing the natural light to be filtered through color laminated glass into the lab and sterilization core. Each operatory was assigned a specific color that would help endorse vitality and generate a forceful impact on patients health. Skillful color matching materials inside each room unleash interesting optical illusions when walking in and out from the main corridor which displays more muffled whites and grays.

© Todd Mason Halkin Photography

Beyond the “sharp” aesthetics of the design, the client expected a project of interiors that reflected a successful practice where innovations in the field of implantology and digital dentistry were being implemented. At the same time he imagined a space that also cultivated office culture. The waiting area is clearly a hub for art where wall niches were carved and lit to exhibit artist Ruby Rumie’s installation of dental tooth paste tubes printed with silhouettes of the workers at Valparaiso market in Chile. On the opposite side hang Pedro Ruiz’s miniature paintings of airplanes leaving contrails of white smoke in open blue skies.

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Cite: "Implantlogyca Dental Office Interiors / Antonio Sofan Architect" 11 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Kim residelly

    Ok forms i guess.
    Hope that wool is fire treated.

    The biggest shame is that it looks like it was 70% considered in three dimensions. The ceiling is tragic. Conventional lay in ceiling with lensed fluorescent fixtures that would look dated in 1990.
    Many people would say interior designers design in 2d and miss wholistic approaches but here it’s an architect doing it. So like I have said my entire life stereo types have no place in the world.

    Kim R
    Author of “interior design – the use of floral arrangments to take blah to muah!!”

  • aa4

    so nice to see something interesting done in Arlington, VA!
    Kudos to the client for the vision and to the architect for great 3d concept.. Shame about the ceilings, agreed, but at least they look like they are the nicest kind out there..

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