Beaumaris Dental Practice, Dentists Building Australia, Victoria, Architect, Design
Beaumaris Dental : Dentists Building in Victoria
7 North Concourse, Vic, Australia – design by Demaine Partnership
19 Apr 2012
Beaumaris Dental Project
Location: Beaumaris, Victoria, Australia
Architect: Demaine Partnership
This project began when two dentists, who are also father and son, decided that they needed a new building for their growing dental practice – a building that would reflect the quality of their dentistry and modern equipment and a building that would serve their business well into the future.
The first task by Demaine Partnership was to assist the clients realise the potential of the site and to understand the projected local urban development. This exploration led to the brief being for a three storey mixed use building that provides the ground level for their dental business, a second level for a commercial tenant and a third level as an apartment for the son to occupy.
For the design of the building, we began by reflecting upon the aesthetic ideals of dentistry and the role of the dentist to sculpt and shape teeth. We took this as our starting point for the architecture. We developed the design to achieve a considered interplay of the qualities of translucency, reflection, depth, solidity, surface and composition with the aim of giving proper expression to the craft of dentistry. This attempt to evoke allusions to dentistry harks back to the tradition of buildings communicating the service or trade that occurs within.
The street facade of this building is a smooth veneer of polished marble and glass. The pattern of the stone and the configuration of openings convey a homogenous surface. As the light changes those glazed surfaces that previously offered solidity via their reflections become deep punctures in the monolithic quality of the stone and, like an x-ray, it is the (uppermost) edges that appear most translucent. This facade folds in from the adjacent buildings to offer a forecourt and a modest expression of civic presence. The angled surfaces articulate the building as a cluster of elements and provide a sense of depth and movement via the manipulation of perspective sightlines.
The rear facades employ sharp incisions to white rendered surfaces to dissolve transform an otherwise box-like form into a cluster of crisp, white elements. Deep window reveals provide requisite shading and an expression of mass.
The interior spaces offer a picturesque circuit via the staircase and moments of vista. At the first floor large windows provide the strong visual connection with the street sought by tenants and the windows to the north are screened to respect the sensitivity of the residential interface. Throughout the apartment baroque-like concealed light sources suggest spatial extension; surfaces toy with reflection and the incised motif is again used to suggest mass.
Beaumaris Dental Victoria – Building Information
Architects Practice: Demaine Partnership Pty Ltd
Design Architect: Craig Barkla
Project Architect: Craig Barkla
Project Team: Alan Driscoll, Andrea Zidziunas, Natasa Markovic
Services Consultant: Cardno Itc P/l
Esd Consultant: Cardno Itc P/l
Structural Consultant: Intrax Consulting P/l
Dental Consultant: Levitch Design & Associates P/l
Planning Consultants: Aurecon P/l & Keen Planning P/l
Building Surveyor: Bsgm P/l
Access Consultant: Disabled Access Consulting Australia P/l
Landscape: By Client
Quantity Surveyor: Rodney Vapp & Associates P/l
Fire Services Consultant: Lake Young & Associates P/l
Address: 7 North Concourse, Beaumaris, Victoria
Client: Bc Dental P/l
Cost: Aud $2.6m / Us $2.67m / Eur $2.03m
Duration: 18 Months Design & Approvals / 18 Months
Construction Completion: Late 2011
Area: 670 Sq. M. Approx.
No. Floors: 3
Products & Suppliers
Glazing: Various Types By Viridian
Floor Tiles: Gunmetal Terrazzo By Fibonacci Stone
White Marble: Lima White By Cdk Stone Australia
White Render: Acratex Acryic System By Dulux Australia
Fixtures: Mary Noall Pty Ltd
The fit-out of the dental surgery was completed by a specialist dental consultant.
Beaumaris Dental images / information from Demaine Partnership
Location: 7 North Concourse, Beaumaris, Victoria
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