Completed in 2017, the Radboudumc Dentistry building is a powerful whole. With the original brutalist structure from the 1960s as its basis, the building’s bare concrete is once again prominently visible from the inside.
As we devised the interior design, we were well aware of the building’s nature. The building needed to accommodate standard clients as well as clients with a physical or mental disability and those who are very afraid of the dentist. In this academic centre, many procedures are carried out by dentistry students. Thus, the environment needs to radiate confidence and tranquillity.
We used the Japanese garden as a point of reference to counter the robust, characteristic concrete. The Japanese garden incorporates a variety of hard materials, such as pebbles and stone, yet it is always harmonious, with a juxtaposition that offers peace and tranquillity. In our interior design, this harmony is not only reflected in the minimalist layout but also in the use of warm colours, carpet and round shapes for reception desks and benches. We really had to convince the client of the added value of colour, as many doctors prefer as much white and stainless steel as possible.
The use of glass between adjoining spaces provides extra spaciousness and transparency. By integrating the right separations and connections between the various classrooms and training and treatment areas, we were able to create a natural, intuitive layout. The overall atmosphere is professional and exudes quality, while the environment radiates safety and trust.