Hiroki Tanabe : Dental Clinic & Residence


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’.

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.


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.


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.


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.


    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


    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


    24 Oct 08 at 12:42 pm



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