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Forma Design

AFTER PICTURE: Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center

BEFORE PHOTO: Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center

Obeid Dental

bloo dental

Forma is a small Washington DC studio who’s designers created these sleek integrated design solutions. The above images, of the Capital Oral & Facial Surgery Center, Obeid Dental, and bloo dental, represent three of the nine healthcare projects the primarily residential studio has completed. bloo is my personal favorite, spirited and particularly charming because the dentist’s passion is scuba diving. From bloo dental’s website:

From the dictionary we learn the pronunciation of the word “blue” is “bloō”, which has been chosen as the name of our practice. Not only is blue Dr. Rahim’s favorite color, but it also reminds him of one of his favorite places: the ocean, which offers peace and tranquility. With this concept in mind, Dr. Haress Rahim and his architect (FORMA Design) dove into unchartered waters to design a modern practice using state-of-the-art technology with an office decor that lends itself to the blue color scheme complete with ocean graphics, curved architecture and textured seapod walls.

There is also a youtube video in which Dr. Rahim gives a through tour of his new office, and you can tell he truly loves the new space. Forma does a great job drawing inspiration from the personalities of their private healthcare clients – the website explains that Dr. Obeid “wanted an office that reflected his progressive personal and pushed the envelope on all levels” and so they strove to create an ultramodern luxurious space, and succeeded. At the moment, Forma is taking on projects primarily in the DC area but given their portfolio, they have the potential to reach much further. Each project does immediately read as a contemporary medical space, but the soft sculptural curves, unexpected textures, sleek furniture,  and thoughtful non-clinical lighting consistently create a spirited personality so many fail to cultivate.

fitzsimmons architects for Keith Gibson DDS

Not to be outdone by yesterday’s Dutch dentist extravaganza, the states has some pretty fine examples of dental clinics as well. Why do dentists tend to have all the fun when it comes to design? Dr. Keith Gibson seems to have had a lot of fun with this spirited renovation of his Oklahoma City dental office in cooperation with fitzsimmons architects. Here’s the architects’ take on the challenge at hand.

Located on a busy arterial thoroughfare in the western part of the city, the original street front entry had been abandoned in favor of a more private side entry. The entry from the side of the building presented several difficulties the most severe of which was dividing the lab areas from the operatories and a very restricted traffic way through the reception and business areas. The primary feature added by the design concept was the creation of a poured-in-place concrete screen wall at the original entry side of the building which created an entry court shielded from the traffic flow. The entry court also became the back-drop for a dramatic steel pipe screen and canopy inspired by both crooked and straight teeth represented in abstract sculptural forms.

Tandartspraktijk(s) design


Tandartspraktijk means dental practice in Dutch and it a quick Google image search indicates that Dutch (and Flemish) speakers take the design of these Tandartspraktijks quite seriously. Why can’t American doctors be even half this serious about design? Above, a ridiculously sleek dental practice designed by Belgian architecture firm Caan. A bit jarring amidst the small Belgian town of Merelbeke, with it’s population of 22,000.

Next, a total contrast and a successful integration of gorgeous old architecture and contemporary details at dental clinic Sweelinckplein 7 in the Hague:

Artist Pim Van Halem made a number of colorful commissioned works specifically for Tandartspraktijk ceilings (link in Dutch) from 1988-1998:

Tandartspraktijk Julianadorp features intense (distracting!) wall murals and vintage touches – with strategic branding by designer Terra Preta:

Herman Jacob design was responsible for the below waiting room for Tandartspraktijk DentiQ – Eemnes, located in an old convent! That rough, chunky, natural furniture and the intricate metalwork of the ceiling lights lend a touch of handcrafted warmth.


ku64/graft architects

berlin dental clinic ku64 takes dental facility planning to a place i never thought it would go. the immersive environment, crafted by berlin/beijing/la design firm graft, goes beyond decor and into installation, transporting patients to a shiny yellow land from a futuristic 1970s comic book. nothing about the office references traditional notions of dentists offices, and for this, i think it is smart. however, i can’t help but feel the landscape is so foreign in it’s lack of references to traditional anything-at-all, that many patients would feel disoriented and a bit disconcerned.

more photographs of KU 64 can be seen here on the unofficial graft flickr page, along side images of another slightly more traditional berlin dental clinic they designed, called the dental lounge.

my dentist’s office


my dentist’s office. i have no shame in admitting that, while sifting through the hundreds of dentists in new york, my primary criteria was the design of the office. i ended up at gotham dental, primarily for aesthetic reasons. the dentist is an art collector with a fabulous sense of design. the waiting room has classic mid-century modern furniture, and each treatment room features a selection of original art. these touches truly makes trips to the dentist a more humane experience. those marco zanuso chairs are without a doubt the most comfortable waiting room furniture i have ever encountered. download a 2004 article from interior design magazine (PDF, annoying) about the design decisions from interior designer doug stiles’ website, here.

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