Florida-based Evoke Design recently has completed the Tooth Tales – Pediatric Dental Office located in Miramar, Florida.
The project begins to rethink the dental typology and creates a more playful and fresh environment that appeals to the imagination and the senses of both the parents and kids alike.
Evoke Design – Daren Chen
+ Project Narrative courtesy of Evoke Design
Parents and kids alike are always in fear of the dentist. Traditionally, most dental offices are cold, sterile spaces, maybe with walls painted yellow, crown molding and a small colorful space in the corner for the kids, in an attempt to create a ‘comforting and inviting’ space…..
At Tooth Tales, the Dental Space typology is redefined and breaks down these negative perceptions by creating a welcoming environment that appeals to the young patients and their parents. Upon entering the space you are greeted with a playful and fresh environment that appeals to the imagination and the senses. Through the play of colored wall graphic ‘petal-like’ patterns of Sparky (the mascot), contrasted by the fresh white backgrounds, tactile synthetic grass-scapes, translucent materials and lighting effects, a space reminiscent of an interior playground is created. As you proceed to the treatment spaces vertical and horizontal surfaces and masses are colored in bright green hues and wall graphics continue to add splashes of color and visual texture to the spaces.
Custom-built aluminum and Polycarb partitions separate the primary circulation corridor from the open bay treatment area, while still allowing a greater sense of depth and continuity, as light and shadows are able to permeate from one space to another. The use of wall graphics continues into the private treatment rooms, contrasted again by the crispness of the white backgrounds and are designated by different colors and a shift in the graphic wall patterns, again using Sparky as the base pattern.
From the onset of design, the Tooth Tales brand and identity was designed in close collaboration with the graphic designer. This transcends throughout the office collective from the business cards, postcards, coloring books and graphic patterns to the overall spatial experience and language, thus creating a holistic and strong branding and identity throughout the total experience.
LED tickers in the waiting space provide the waiting parents and patients with constantly changing information from patients who are up next, to birthdays, personal achievements and various factoids.
The ‘wall of fame’ provides the kids with an ever changing area to display their art work (Tooth Tale coloring book /activity sheets are given to the patients while waiting and are displayed and rotated on a monthly basis). This allows for a more personal environment where the kids can have a sense of accomplishment and ownership.
The art wall is an area painted with dry erase marker paint and a series of vinyl stickers with the outline of Sparky’s head, allowing the patients to design and draw their own custom faces.
The circulation and spatial relationships are strategically designed to promote efficiency and reflect the dentist’s specific working methods and procedures. All public programmatic functions are situated along the perimeter edge of the existing shell, providing views to the outdoors, while the private, back of house spaces are located along the inner core. Through materiality, lighting, color and form, the spaces appear to be more open and inviting, allowing for a greater transparency and perception of spatial depth, than the actual fully programmed spatial dimensions allow.
+ About Evoke Design
Evoke design lab is a young, progressive multi-disciplinary architectural design studio interested in developing innovative and practical design solutions for healthcare practices, residential, commercial and mixed-used projects of various scales. We are LEED accredited and interested in sustainable design practices and incorporating environmentally friendly building systems, materials, and construction techniques into the firm’s cutting edge design solutions.
Evoke Design is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and has worked on projects of various scales ranging from interior build-outs of health care facilities to larger mixed-use developments. Our client list includes clients in Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami and the Caribbean.
Through our broad network of talented designers of various backgrounds, not only do we offer architectural design expertise, we also provide services ranging from interior architecture, graphic design, branding and identity development and furniture design. This enables us to create a holistic environment that transcends throughout the design intent as required by the project.
Design solutions for all project typologies operate within environmental conditions generated by the dynamics of budget, technology, market, social, cultural and contextual influences. We are committed to helping our clients realize their objectives and to promote an effective, collaborative effort, tailored to the specific needs of each client. We understand the value in design and the importance of fusing design and business to produce quality design solutions that are responsive to the shifts in human needs, the environment and provide the key for shaping a sustainable competitive advantage in the rapidly changing economy…more importantly, we just want to share the fun and the passion we have for design with you.
+ Project credits / data
Project: Tooth Tales – Pediatric Dental Office – Miramar, Florida
Function: Pediatric Dental Office w/ Infrastructure + Equipment for Orthodontic Practice
Floor Area: 1,580 sf (existing commercial condo shell)
Location: 12781 Miramar Parkway suite 306, Miramar, Florida 33027
Architect/Designer: Evoke Design – Daren Chen LEED AP (principal)
Client: Dr. Timothy Chen DMD
Graphic Design: Jack Ngan
Lighting: Jaime Gonzalez
Construction: Candas Construction
Photography: Richard Patterson
Completed: August 2009