Raul Sanchez Architects have designed a dental clinic in Valencia, Spain, that moves away from the clichés of a dental practice. Forget white and aseptic environments, this project is surreal, colorful and fresh because it is aimed at a young clientele.
Impress Dental Clinic differentiates itself by offering online treatments that reduce the need for face-to-face visits, thus making young people the preferred target customers.
The Impress clinic in Valencia is located in an irregular shape space, long, with little contact to the street and little access to natural light. An underground car park creates a rise from the ground at the rear of the space.
Taking into account the special geometry of the space, instead of creating a classic corridor and a separated waiting room, the architects propose two curved walls orientated along the length of the space. The curves interplay with each other, they get closer and apart enclosing all the functional spaces (dental boxes, sales spaces, toilets …). The space between these curves is large enough to turn this entire central area into a large waiting room lit by the windows overlooking the street.
The two curves end in the raised space at the back of the clinic. Treated as a special space, the area is transformed into a red stage inspired by Twin Peaks (David Lynch): red carpets line the floor and metal sheets of the same color clad the walls, they create a strong spatial feel and play with the corporate red color. The spot is used for events, concerts, or demonstrations of Impress treatments.
Inside the cabinets, blue and optical white play with diagonal lines, which are a reference point for the brand and which indicate Impress’ commitment to create next-generation dental clinics. On the ceiling, the diagonal direction is reproduced in the position of the lighting and grids.
The sales areas are instead covered with blue carpet, as blue are the mass-colored fiberboard furnishings created in situ.