shift architecture + urbanism: dentist with a view
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jan 14, 2013
shift architecture + urbanism: dentist with a view


‘dentist with a view’, by shift architecture + urbanism, best, the netherlands
all images courtesy of shift architecture + urbanism



the task of ‘dentist with a view’ by dutch practice shift architecture + urbanism was to transform and extend a 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. the four new treatment rooms are situated in a volume that at the same time
mimics and contrasts the existing house. its archetypical form is derived from the existing dwelling – it takes over the exact same inclination of the
pitched roof – while it is being manifested 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 addition into a “contextual alien” that blends into the rural surroundings and at the same time
creates a clear landmark that expresses its recently developed function.



large flower window with overhanging bench



the addition provides each treatment room with the 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 environment. all secondary functions of the dentist 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 a (slightly) more comforting experience.




panoramic windows give each chair a full view of the garden



entrance to the new addition



transparent box connected the old and new



extension with four treatment rooms mirrors the overall form of the existing building, with different material



each chair is provided a cozy private room



glazed corridor





interior treatment room



floor plan / level 0


elevations and section



project info:



address: oranjestraat 55, 5682 ca best
client: lisette van gils & ruben timmermans
design: shift architecture urbanism, rotterdam
project architects: harm timmermans, pieter heymans
adviser construction: b2co, richard fielt, ede
adviser installations: van delft groep, nieuwkuijk
contractor: van der weegen bouwgroep,tilburg
contractor furniture: bots bouwgroep, deurne
sub contractor zinc facade: bax koper en zinkspecialist, bergeijk
sub contractor frames: hoefnagels groep, tilburg
gross surface area: 292 m2
delivery: august 2011
building costs: € 340.000 excl. vat



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