Hiroki Tanabe : Dental Clinic & Residence

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Today on architecture.MNP we bring you the Minami-Nagano Dental Clinic & Residence by Japanese architect Hiroki Tanabe. A 274 square meter home + office combo for a dentist, the building is located in a suburb of Nagano, Japan -’in a beautiful farm village surrounded by rice fields and peach orchards’.
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In this area of Japan the building code does not allow for the construction of any more free-standing residential projects – new housing must be combined [structurally] with ‘public’ functions. To achieve this, Tanabe created a folding ‘zig-zag’ roof-wall-floor plane out of 300mm thick reinforced concrete, which both combines the two functions of the building [home and dentist's office] structurally, while separates them volumetrically.

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The three volumes he forms through this folding are a waiting area, the dentist’s office, and the dentist’s living space – each separated by a glass box that acts as a transitional zone between the various functions. This box gives occupants the impression of moving outside of the building [complete with glass ceiling] when moving between the different areas – further distinguishing between the different building uses.

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The interior of the building is a classic example of modern Japanese design. Clean, simple, and elegant shapes and lines – all white urethane resin paint – define the interior spaces, which was designed column free in order to leave the building flexible for different interior arrangements in the present or even different programs in the future.

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And, oh yeah – it apparently glows yellow at night, because it’s ill like that

::all info + images from Hiroki Tanabe’s webpage – where there are lots more images::

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