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.