GKK Dental Ambulatory

GKK Dental Ambulatory

Architect
X ARCHITEKTEN
Location
Stahlstraße 2, Linz, Austria | View Map
Project Year
2008
Category
Hospitals
Max Nirnberger

GKK Dental Ambulatory

X ARCHITEKTEN as Architects

The draft was defined by the clinic’s central theme, with the concept of a double row room structure for the extension, being derived from the two-dimensional illustration of a set of teeth. Five treatment rooms, as well as one room for prosthetic dentistry, are lined up next to each other on the southern side, benefiting fully from the natural sunlight. The separation of the rooms and their doorways are clearly defined by angular niches recessed into the walls that help guide the patients to their destination.


The ubiquitous use of the clinical colour white, accentuated by the mint-coloured Corporate-Identity-Green of the regional medical insurance company, is the perfect analogy for hygiene and fresh breath. A white and soft PVC floor coating and a transparent back-lit ceiling made of polycarbonate web plates compensate for the reduced daylight in the hall and waiting area. The rolled-on pattern on the walls, as well as the mirrored “mouth hygiene” area with its display cabinets, completes the friendly and almost glamorous character. This interpretation is successfully continued with a curved reception and seating area with desk and bench representing the throat, complemented by a red seating element as the tongue.


The high degree of technology typical of such a facility remains mostly in the background to produce surroundings that are considerate to the patient’s needs. It can only be seen through the translucent ceiling.

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