Tarunpreet Singh Bhatia
Healthcare Snapshots Feature: Tricity Smiles Dental Clinic
Studio Mohenjodaro took a route different from the sterile and cold medical spaces when designing Tricity Dental Clinic in Chandigarh, India.
A visit to a dentist is often an unpleasant experience, accompanied by fear and often anxiety. The architects for the project wanted to create a space that would help the visitors feel at ease, while maintaining the solemnity of the clinic. The client had envisioned converting a part of his ancestral house in Chandigarh into a compact yet state-of-the-art Dental Clinic. This gave the architects a limited space (–sqft.) to work within. The clinic had to look not only spacious, but also lavish and inviting. Though a demanding task, the architects were able to achieve this by an intelligent use of light, colours and forms. The space is imbibed with movement – the walls curve and twist around the functional areas not only providing practical segregation, but also creating playfulness. This keeps the clinic from feeling claustrophobic or austere.