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Friendly treatment for Mohali dental clinic

Photographer: Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

The interior of this Mohali dental clinic in Punjab was inspired by the architecture of the hills as a reference to the dentist’s hometown. Thus, the architecture firm Studio Mohenjodaro incorporated a sloping roof supported by a wooden truss in Dr. Sindhuja’s Dental Clinic. Though not structural, the wooden truss adds a strong character to the space, bringing together the various minimal elements of the interiors.

While the rest of the space is designed in functional white and grey, the wooden truss adds warmth, allowing patients to relax. This is as opposed to the usual dread that fills most people at the thought of a dental clinic.

Minimal, pristine and clean, the design for the interiors required an approach that would not only enhance a sense of calm but also keep intact the ‘clinical’ quality of the space for the patients to feel re-assured yet comfortable.

The layout is the combination of two primary zones interspersed with smaller functional spaces in-between. The entrance and waiting area to the front forms the first zone and the operatory towards the rear with three dental chairs, forms the second. In-between these two zones, is the doctor’s cabin furnished in teak veneer with beige stone table tops. A pantry and sterilization area towards the rear end of the clinic is largely obstructed from the visitor’s eye.

The architects introduced planters and small landscaped niches within the space to add another distinguishing element to the design. Brick-clad walls form the main feature of the reception and waiting area, while bright turquoise furniture contrasts against the muted, grey flooring. The operatory intentionally uses white to evoke a sense of serenity and tranquillity. The furniture is custom-built to complement the visuals of the spatial design, while intuitive lighting design highlights the various elements that bring a quality of wholeness to the overall design.