Dental surgery in Wimpole Street
The clients – a couple of young dentists – had just leased the 200 sqm basement at 55 Wimpole Street from the Howard de Walden Estate and employed us to design a modern twin surgery for their thriving dental practice.
The brief was for a relaxing and elegant environment, with a nod to the Georgian style of the house in which the surgery is housed. The clients were initially not taken by the new basement space and missed the elegance of their previous practice in Cavendish Square.
We had to include two dental rooms, two hygienist rooms, reception, waiting areas, technical rooms and storage, toilets and changing rooms and kitchen for the staff. The design of the layout was constrained by the strict rules of the Grade 2 Listed Georgian building in which the surgery sits.
To make good use of the space the existing under pavement vaults were used to house equipment, increase storage capacity and even for the staff shower room.
In terms of interior design the biggest challenge were the low ceilings and the lack of natural light.
We solved this issue with a very careful lighting design and used gold rimmed minimal down-lighters to flood the reception with warm light, up-lighters in the surgeries for a calm working environment and classic table lamps for the waiting rooms in a traditional drawing room style.
Materials and finishes also work to maximise light and reflectance: the panelling and joinery are sprayed in a satin finish, the staircase lobby is formed from glass and the fabrics used in the furniture and curtains have a textured and subtle sheen.