The building in Kampen (The Netherlands) dialogues with the surrounding urban area thanks to its red brick façade
Serene interiors and a joyful architecture are the features of the new welcoming dental practice designed by BURO S ARCHITECTS in the suburbs of the new housing district “Stationskwartier” in Kampen, the Netherlands. With most of the buildings in this district being of rather traditional design, it was the client’s wish as well as a municipal request to add a new dynamic structure that would stand out from the others and would be easily recognized both from the residential area and from the nearby highway. The client also wanted the building to convey the values and mission of their practice, where patients’ comfort and well-being always come first. The practice also had to be as compact as possible in view of a potential expansion in the future.
The design was influenced by three main principles: the official guidelines for the organization of dental practices; how the building fits into the Stationskwartier district; and the patients’ experience when visiting the practice. A dental practice has to meet the highest standards of hygiene, safety and privacy and this requires a completely separate routing and zoning for staff and patients. The design therefore efficiently divides the ground floor into three zones according to their functions: a treatment area with six rooms, an area for all technical and facility rooms and routing for staff, and the reception area with routing for patients. This clear and logical set up allows for a productive and effortless daily routine. On the first floor, used exclusively by employees, the same three zones are applied to organize the various functions: breakroom, locker rooms and offices. By pushing the three zones to the edges of the building envelope, the first floor gets a staggered, sculptural look that creates a playful and dynamic architectural accent on the southeastern side of the building, while on the northwestern façade at Blauwe Engel, the design emphasizes the entrance to the practice.
The whole building presents itself as open and welcoming as well as different and surprising from every angle. The red brick façade recalls the surrounding urban area while the compact dimensions pay homage to the historical buildings in the center of Kampen. The grout color, the same one as the bricks, further highlights the building’s sculptural quality and harmony.
The interiors have been designed to give patients the most comfortable experience. The minimalist approach and integral design create a serene and relaxing atmosphere that reduces stress and makes patients feel welcome. Thanks to generous daylight, the entire building feels spacious and ventilated. Near the treatment rooms, shades of soft white and grey are alternated with warm wooden panels, and bright red accents act as intuitive signage that helps patients with orientation.
Location: Kampen, The Netherlands
Gross Floor Area: 420 m2
Client: Hanze Tandartse
Architect: Buro/S Architects
Main Contractor: Eikenaar Bouwbedrijf BV
Interior design: Buro/S Architects
Structures: 2C Engineer
Photography by Aiste Rakauskaite, courtesy of Buro/S Architects