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::

Posted: August 13th, 2007
at 12:50pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,housing,interiors,featured ninjas

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  1. I really think that this is a great idea. Although living where you work could potentially suck, it would be pretty hard to complain when you’re living some place this cool.

    mopo

    13 Aug 07 at 2:44 pm

     

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  8. Wow, I love those dental clinics. I am quite scared with dentists and all that but these designs just make everything bearable.

     

  9. This is indeed a very nice idea.. We have one dental clinic located in a Mall and this idea made me think of putting one in the park 😉

    Dr. Santos

    12 May 08 at 9:26 am

     

  10. Mr. Tanabe Thank you very much. it’s so inspiring me to create my own clinic. Would you mind if I used it for my clinic in the future??

    With Honor,

    Aulia, Indonesia

    aulia

    8 Jul 08 at 9:42 am

     

  11. that is so cool i want my dentist office to look like that

     

  12. Very cool office.

     

  13. Its a wonderful place to live in. I would luv to have some such thing in future

    maggie

    24 Oct 08 at 12:42 pm

     


 

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