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Dentist with a View / Shift architecture urbanism

Dentist with a View / Shift architecture urbanism

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  • Construction Advisor:Richard Fielt, B2CO, Ede
  • Installations Advisor:Van Delft Groep, Nieuwkuijk
  • Furniture Contractor:Bots Bouwgroep
  • Frames Sub Contractor:Hoefnagels Groep, Tilburg
  • Budget:€ 340.000 excl. vat
  • Project Architects:Harm Timmermans, Pieter Heymans
  • Frames Subcontractor:Hoefnagels Groep, Tilburg
  • City:Best
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Text description provided by the architects. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 . <https://www.archdaily.com/318141/dentist-with-a-view-shift-architecture-urbanism> ISSN 0719-8884
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