Pharmacy M by CAAN Architecten

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Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

A cross-shaped window in the sliding door of this Belgian pharmacy transforms into a green sign during opening hours.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

Pharmacy M was recently completed by Belgian studio CAAN Architecten and is situated on the site of a former farm in the outskirts of Ghent.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

The sales floor occupies the entire ground floor of the building, while a lab can be found in the basement and a small apartment is located on the first floor.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

The pharmacy is constructed from grey brickwork but also features glass walls on three elevations.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

The first floor apartment can only be accessed though the shop and opens out to a roof terrace.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

A few other pharmacies from the Dezeen archive include one with a facade punctured by Braille lettering and another with a tree-like green panel ceiling - see more stories about pharmacies here.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

Photography is by Thomas De Bruyne.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

Here are some more details from the architects:


The pharmacy used to be located at an old farm  on the existing parcel. The parcel is situated next to the main road populated by a diverse array of types of building.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

Due to the outdated facilities and limited potential of the farm, it was a logical step to demolish the farm and to start from scratch.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

At the front side (Keistraat) the new volume has been placed on the same border line as the old farm to integrate the new construction into the existing context.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

The program of the pharmacy defined the design of the building.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

The ground floor locates all the necessary facilities for a modern pharmacy, such as an extensive sales area, a night safe, a preparation area…

The surrounded glass wall creates a light and transparency which leads to a greater accessibility.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

The basement has been used for storage and lab area.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

At the first floor a private space is located with bathroom, kitchen/ dining/ sleeping area. The terrace and green roof elevate the entire space. The green roof is also a visible mark from the street side.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

The design and material choices (glass, dark grey bricks) form the modern shape of the building, which we consider to be well integrated in its surrounding context.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

The transparent and minimal appearance of the building makes it more accessible, identifiable… a ‘landmark’.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten

The building contributes to a more contemporary way of service, which was required for this pharmacy.

  • jed

    absolute perfection. a stunningly realised project.

  • hendrik

    meticulous work, striving for perfection, clean and obvious – but this USED to be contemporary
    besides creating a photogenic framework based on conventional modernistic architectural principles this project is very much 20th century, pre-information age and doesn't really belong on a contemporary design blog
    then again: the pictures look great!

  • bob

    Lovely. In the Uk we have Boots and Superdrug.

  • http://twitter.com/MagpieKey @MagpieKey

    Very nice. Like a high end version of decorative sheds.

  • ept

    I like the sliding door which forms the green sign when open.

  • http://www.jjdesmondinteriors.com Jerry

    Love it…fab door. All beautifully and deceptively simple.
    Boots used to have interesting doors, behind which were lots of orange ladies….ahhh memories, ahhhh pharmaceuticals.

  • http://www.jjdesmondinteriors.com Jerry

    Love it…fab door. All beautifully and deceptively simple.

  • mik

    It couls almost be a church

  • edward

    Impressive crispness and precision.

  • Don

    Beautiful. Love the use of the type/icon as an integral part of the design. Here's another pharmacy that also integrated the signage in Murcia, Spain:
    http://collabcubed.com/2011/08/31/casanueva-pharm

  • http://www.egueyseta.com felipe

    totally agree with Hendrick…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586703413 Eric Millette

    Cela change des ''Jean-Coutu'' ….

  • e1o27

    if it's not a right angle its a wrong angle : )

  • http://www.ferrettidesigns.com Steve Ferretti

    Just beautiful. I am drawn to the simplicity of the design and the sense of tranquility the spaces evoke. The space has a curative quality so in tune to the function of the building. My complements to the planning and design team.