KINO architects + kamitopen: pony pediatric dentistry clinic
 
KINO architects + kamitopen: pony pediatric dentistry clinic KINO architects + kamitopen: pony pediatric dentistry clinic
sep 25, 2013

KINO architects + kamitopen: pony pediatric dentistry clinic

KINO architects + kamitopen: pony pediatric dentistry clinic
image © keisuke miyamoto
all images courtesy of KINO architects + kamitopen

 

 

 

based on the idea of crafting spaces that evoke a sense of ‘growth’, japanese firms KINO architects and kamitopen have designed the pony pediatric dental clinic in tokyo. the young client base means the dentists are required to have knowledge in the development of children, as well as the ability to give dental instructions to parents. as a result, the experience through the building changes along with the growth of a child – depending on their height, they are exposed to differently framed view shafts.

 

the plan separates the various circulation paths, with each designated room enclosed by uniquely shaped walls. semicircular openings in the side of each of them help to create a sense of openness, while at the same time securing lines of visibility for the staff. the diameter and opening of each wall is different; the size, height and openings also vary, creating an environment that makes people aware of their body due to the changing lines of vision. conjuring an image of a smile with white teeth, the facade openings are interlocked with the walls, an appropriate symbol for the small visitors to the dental clinic.

"/
the varying wall openings frame different view shafts, and change depending on the children’s height
image © keisuke miyamoto

"/
view looking down the corridor showing the uniquely designed wall cut outs
image © keisuke miyamoto

"/
staircase with teeth-like balustrades
image © keisuke miyamoto


the pediatric dentistry clinic has symbols of white teeth on its facade and throughout the interior spaces
image © keisuke miyamoto

"/
diagram showing the ‘growth’ concept
image © keisuke miyamoto

 

 

"/
floor plan, level one

 

 

"/
floor plan, level two

 

 

 

 

project info:

 

location: tokyo, japan
principal use: dental clinic
structure: steel
scale of building: 2 stories
site area: 296.96m2
building area: 170.54 sqm
total floor area: 336.91 sqm
completion: 2012.09
photography: keisuke miyamoto

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    491,175 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample