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Serene Minimalism in a Zen-Like Dental Office

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The cool peacefulness of a dental office designed by Hironaka Ogawa in Gunma, Japan, gives no hint that the region suffers from strong winds in winter and has the highest summer temperatures in Japan.

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Openings in the exterior are kept to the absolute minimal minimum to keep the hot sun at bay.

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The zen-like dentists’ offices includes housing for the dentist.

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The client wished to have the housing adjoining the offices, but maintaining a separation by the difference in heights.

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Diffused light is wielded to create a series of lovely and tranquil spaces for the various dental treatment cubicles.

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With a plan like this, there are numerous opportunities for diffuse light from a grid of skylight courtyards.

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The many courtyards create many opportunities for sky lighting deep pockets in the building, lighting surrounding dental offices.

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There are an amazing number of serene and serendipitous framed scenes.

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Despite the appearance of much larger ‘light wells’, the sky-lights are not that big, as can be seen at night on the roof.

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But the many skylights create the impression of an almost surrealistic depth in space.

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Each space has a different feeling, due to the subtleties of differences in each cell of floors, natural lighting and volume.

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The many mysterious spaces throughout help create a great sense of spaciousness, while also maintaining privacy for the lucky dental patients to be treated here.

Who would imagine a visit to a dentist’s office could be such a heavenly experience?

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