Client: Pawlus Dental, 2012
When Pawlus Dental planned on opening a new office in Columbus, Indiana, a city known for its architecture, the client gave us a brief: to design something memorable, calming, and eco-friendly, while also featuring his Asian art collection.
For those patients with a fear of the dentist, we set the lobby and hall elements on an angle to gently nudge you in the direction of the hygiene rooms. A natural filtered Bakki shower in the lobby creates white noise to cut back on the unpleasant sound of dental instruments. The receptionist desk wraps the wall, creating a place for magazines. The interior walls of the halls are darkened with recessed shadow boxes to house the art collection, while the hygiene rooms across are abundant in white light, concrete and paint. Recycled rubber and cork tile was used for the floors in the hygiene rooms for sound absorbancy, green aspect, a soft feel on the feet and ability to stand up to abrasion. A feature wall of pressed paper tiles by local company, Inhabit also deflects noise and a large television has feeds to cameras in the koi pond and the squirrel cam outside (for the rooms without windows). The restroom is used frequently by staff and patients to brush their teeth, so we wanted to make it a sanctuary. Laser cut wood tile also by Inhabit line the walls to meet black porcelain tile and a white concrete sink.