Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

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Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

Australian architects Demaine Partnership have completed a marble-fronted dental surgery in Victoria.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

Large frameless windows wrap around the corners of the polished facade, which folds back towards a glazed entrance.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

Grooved recesses in the white-rendered rear walls divide the three-storey building into a row of blocks, pierced by a set of openings.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

An apartment is located above the clinic on the top floor.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

Other dental clinics from the Dezeen archive include one in Prague with illustrated walls and another in Austria with an interior coloured like toothpaste.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

Photography is by Peter Clarke.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

The text below is from the architects:


Beaumaris Dental

This project began when two dentists, who are also father and son, decided that they needed a new building for their growing dental practice - a building that would reflect the quality of their dentistry and modern equipment and a building that would serve their business well into the future.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

Our first task was to assist the clients realise the potential of the site and to understand the projected local urban development. This exploration led to the brief being for a three storey mixed use building that provides the ground level for their dental business, a second level for a commercial tenant and a third level as an apartment for the son to occupy.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

For the design of the building, we began by reflecting upon the aesthetic ideals of dentistry and the role of the dentist to sculpt and shape teeth. We took this as our starting point for the architecture.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

We developed the design to achieve a considered interplay of the qualities of translucency, reflection, depth, solidity, surface and composition with the aim of giving proper expression to the craft of dentistry. This attempt to evoke allusions to dentistry harks back to the tradition of buildings communicating the service or trade that occurs within.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

The street facade of this building is a smooth veneer of polished marble and glass. The pattern of the stone and the configuration of openings convey a homogenous surface.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

As the light changes those glazed surfaces that previously offered solidity via their reflections become deep punctures in the monolithic quality of the stone and, like an x-ray, it is the (uppermost) edges that appear most translucent.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

This facade folds in from the adjacent buildings to offer a forecourt and a modest expression of civic presence. The angled surfaces articulate the building as a cluster of elements and provide a sense of depth and movement via the manipulation of perspective sightlines.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

The rear facades employ sharp incisions to white rendered surfaces to dissolve transform an otherwise box-like form into a cluster of crisp, white elements. Deep window reveals provide requisite shading and an expression of mass.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

The interior spaces offer a picturesque circuit via the staircase and moments of vista. At the first floor large windows provide the strong visual connection with the street sought by tenants and the windows to the north are screened to respect the sensitivity of the residential interface.

Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership

Throughout the apartment baroque-like concealed light sources suggest spatial extension; surfaces toy with reflection and the incised motif is again used to suggest mass.

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    Cool, white, minty and fresh.

  • xtiaan

    heh, I totally thought it was Japan before I clicked through with the lamp post/wires and white cubey goodness.

    Dang Australian architecture, u b lookin' fine gurl!

  • H-J

    Ha, looks like a big molar with some amalgam fillings…

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    It definitely makes you say "Aaaah!" ;)

  • dezy

    nice symbolism

  • Anna

    I live in Melbourne and am amazed that something like this got built in the somewhat conservative suburb of Beaumaris! Impressive.

  • Adam

    Thats it i'm moving back to Australia! If that street facade is the north facade then its going to cop heavy summer sun…

  • jeb

    amazed that this was built in melbourne, which as you might know specializes in really sh*t architecture.