The Orthoville Orthodontic Clinic
By : Pascale Nakhlé Design
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 16th edition
Discipline : Interior Design
Categories : Education, Institution & Healthcare / Professional Office & Clinic : Gold Certification
Categories : Special Awards / Acoustic
Categories : Special Awards / Interior Design +Wood : Gold Certification
Categories : Special Awards / Interior Design + Collaboration : Gold Certification
The Orthoville orthodontic clinic is located in Westmount, on a commercial street. The owner chose a storefront location, motivated by its ideal location and abundant front-facing windows. The mandate for this project was to create an inviting space that moves away from the sterile environment that is sometimes associated with the medical field. The space was therefore designed to evoke a sense of conviviality while taking advantage of the architectural features of the building.
The two-level layout of the premises posed a challenge in terms of layout to ensure cohesion between the clinic’s different services and needs. To address this issue, the space was divided to group rapid services on the ground floor and to position longer treatments upstairs. The corridor that runs between the reception and mezzanine on the first level was designed to create a establish a connection between the different areas of the clinic. The intention behind the corridor design was to take advantage of the passage area to integrate the clinic’s brand image. Therefore, some elements inspired by the city context were incorporated, referring to the clinic’s name. The lighting is inspired by the curves of lamppost, while the repeating pattern of the steel doors is reminiscent of a commercial artery. The context is thus evoked as much by the shapes as by the materials. In order to add to the unique character, these custom-made elements were created in collaboration with a few local artisans.
Acoustics were an additional design challenge. With high ceilings in the front part of the space, combined with a glass entrance and concrete floors, it was important to integrate sound-absorbing materials to maintain the necessary level of confidentiality in the clinic. The use of wood slats and felt panels with acoustic properties, as well as the high-backed seating in the waiting area, helped to address this issue.
The selection of materials was also motivated by the goal of distinguishing common areas from dental spaces. In the dental areas, simple colors and straight lines reinforce the aspect of order and hygiene. The common areas, composed of the reception area, waiting room, and corridors, aim to inspire a sense of comfort and well-being for visitors through warm materials and curved shapes. To create an enjoyable experience, these areas act as a transition between arrival at the clinic and the treatment rooms.
The space was inspired by the client and their dynamic team. We wanted to offer them a space that reflects their image, where the form and materiality intend to soften the traditionally clinical image of a dental clinic.