Dentology+ , a Private Dental Clinic By Norm Architects

Entering the new Dentology+ private dental clinic by Norm Architects, in Antwerp, Belgium, one senses an instant change in pace when the cityscape is replaced by a calming acoustic. As natural light filters through from the outside and highlight the subtle colors and rich textures of the carefully selected materials, the space feels warm and welcoming.
When working thoughtfully with architecture, Norm Architects create the opportunity to redefine and reshape the human perception and in turn work to create a space of urban refuge. At the core of redefining the dental experience is a sensibility, which identifies and acknowledges the role in which tactility, materiality, and light play in doing so – the interplay between these elements awaken the feelings central to how we experience space.
Playing on the dynamics between light and heavy; between the inherent qualities of concrete, wood, and textile, they create a space that speaks to all senses and invites exploration. Making a virtue of the cave-like features in the low concrete basement to create a grounded atmosphere, the architecture now embraces and protects those within.
Heavy, carved-out spaces create a dynamic and distinct, luxurious feeling, while material mass and solidity work as a vehicle to construct a patient experience that is rich in warmth, serenity, and calmness. On top of this heavy base, light wooden cubes are placed, creating rooms both in-between and inside of them on the first floor – creating flow and natural circulation, while framing the crucial functions within the clinic.
Material translucency and soft, warm light paired with carefully considered, crafted materials work to reshape the patient experience and perception. An environment is in turn created akin to a luxury retreat; evoking feelings of safety, mindfulness, and tranquility.

Architect & Partner Sofie Thorning
Architect Qing Ye
Client: Dentology+
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Completed: Winter 2021
Photography : Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

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