Light-up walls, mirrored partitions, and colourful stone surfaces help channel a "cool bar" aesthetic inside this dental office in Berlin, which has been completed by Studio Karhard – the designers of renowned nightclub Berghain.
This is a familiar aesthetic for the studio, who's founders Thomas Karsten and Alexandra Erhard were responsible for developing the interiors of Berghain – a renowned electronica nightclub in eastern Berlin that occupies a former power plant.
"We wanted to create an atmosphere where patients could feel relaxed and fearless," Karsten and Erhard told Dezeen. "So we tried to avoid typical dentist colours like white and glossy surfaces".
The clinic is situated at a busy traffic junction near the city's S-Bahn railway line, lending it the name of The Urban Dentist.
Upon entering the dentists, guests check in for their appointments at a black desk inlaid with oversized green and peach-coloured aggregate.
Directly behind sits an orange mirror screen divider, which closes off a small admin office.
The rear wall of the adjacent waiting area has been fitted with LED strip lights that can be programmed to change colour.
Extra ring-shaped lights have been suspended from the ceiling, hanging above a pair of circular pink seating pods.
Panels of fluted glass walls in the dentists' corridor are also bordered with strip lights. In the following treatment rooms, cabinets storing dental tools have been completed with baby pink cupboard doors and colourful flecked countertops.
Perforated sheets of gold-hued metal have been used to cover radiators that run along the bottom of the peripheral wall.
Several other studios have designed dentists to put patients' anxieties at ease – Urban Agency installed curved timber walls to a dental practice in Dublin to create a series of light and airy treatment rooms, while RIGI Design placed a dining room-style waiting area inside a dental clinic in Tianjin to make it seem more warm and welcoming.
Photography is by Stefan Wolf Lucks.