bureauhub strongly believes in the pedagogical value of architecture and design We were inspired by two key aspects: the fascinating high precision of Orthodontics with its fast progressing techniques on one side and on the other children's intuitive responsiveness to their environment. The challenge was to merge these two aspects in the space. Our design aimed to change conventional behaviors, like merely waiting for your visit, by releasing children into a state of self-directed exploration.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
WHITE SPACE is an avant-garde private orthodontic clinic for a luminary who is applying and researching the most advanced techniques in his discipline. bureauhub envisioned an implant concept: interior wall surfaces and furnitures merge seamlessly into a continuous Corian white shell where cutting edge medical technology are implanted. The plug-in components are ranging from ergonomic deformations like coat hangers or toothbrush holder up to technical implants like touchscreen, control buttons for x-ray or TV screens for medical information.
Since most patients are children, bureauhub architecture aims to tickle senses and curiosity reversing the typical expectations of use transforming a waiting area into a playful self-exploration environment. Core of the patient lounges is a multifunctional furniture designed ad-hoc to entertain children with pedagogical value: on one side three intersecting void spheres form a grotto-like space to be explored, while on the other side a surface equipped with niches for pencils and comic strips is for study and sketching. A playful signage graphic with custom designed icons is positioned intentionally at children’s eye level. It refers to the softly glowing backlit graphic panel indicating the spatial organization of the clinic. Here backlighting is created by pioneer use of OLED lighting modules.
The craftsmanship of the detail is recalling the precision and the Orthodontics. Every single detail experiences a subtle spatial presence, accentuating the abstraction and scalelessness of the ephemeral, monochromatic environment in a playful and poetical way.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Clinic patients feel relaxed and involved by the design features. Children, in particular, left behind fear sensations, are attracted by the playful environment and develop a full autonomy and proactive attitude towards the exploration of the space
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Orthodontic Clinic White Space is located in Catania, Italy. Construction has been finalized in september 2012 and the Clinic opened in October 2012.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The project wall surfaces, furnitures and components are entirely realized in White Corian. Production process for Corian used two fabrication techniques: CNC milling for the cut and graphic icons and thermoforming process for the spheres and curved components. For the graphic backlighting of the corian skin we used Lumiotec OLED technology. OLEDs are ultra-thin lighting panels, next generation energy-saving light source that will help reduce CO2 emissions. For the custom-designed seating system a mould have being injected with integral self-skinning polyurethane foam.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The Orthodontic Clinic White Space is covering a surface of 270 square meters with about 500 square meters of corian surfaces.
children design, medical design, innovative design, oled, corian, custom-designed, futuristic design, futuristic architecture
We research and test progressive ideas in a proactive way enhancing experience of space and relationship between people. Our interest is to investigate how architecture and design could reverse typical expectations of use.
A creative challenge was merging and integrating in a one space the technical orthodontic design features with children entertainment ones by keeping a unique design language
TEAM MEMBERS (6) :
bureauhub, Chiara Baccarini Tobias Hegemann, , , and
Tobias Hegemann & Chiara Baccarini for Bureauhub, 2012.