This biggest architecture-related news bouncing around the internet today is that Toyo Ito has been selected as this year’s recipient of the the Pritzker Prize. Expect a longer post about that later today or tomorrow. First, I thought we’d return to the idea that healthcare architecture is ugly with a counterexample. Here we have the Chiyodanomori Dental Clinic designed by Hironaka Ogawa. Of course it’s easier to find a pristine small clinic than a big, enormous hospital but this one is still exceptionally well done.
The plan of the dental clinic is organized into a regular grid of fifty-five squares. The clinic’s spatial variety comes from the small courtyards dispersed throughout the fifty-five squares, the relationship from one square to another (or to a courtyard), and the changing ceiling height from one end of the building to the other. It’s a bright and optimistic space. While most of the building is devoted to cleaning mouths, there is a two-story residence in the back of the clinic. The color palette of the clinic is kept simple and serene, with most of the color coming from the green plants and blue skies seen through the courtyards as well as the color that people bring into the space. Sometimes, that color is a bright purple jacket and sometimes it’s sad, yellow teeth.