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Dentist’s Office in Japan, A Good Reason for Your Routine Check-Ups

Probably one of the last things that comes to mind when looking at this building is the fact that it is actually a modern dentist office.  We decided to show it to you today due to its unusual architecture and style. Located in Nagano, the construction belongs to  Hiroki Tanabe, a talented architect from Japan. Here are some of the words of the project developers concerning the building: “This is a complex of a dental clinic and a dentist’s residence, located in a beautiful farm village surrounded by rice fields and peach orchards. A concrete plate 300 millimetres thick forms zigzag structure, which makes up three shells and two open courtyards. As well as lying in alternate shifts, they face each other across the plate. Each shell has different functions inside, residence, clinic and waiting lounge. In each courtyard two glass boxes are set and used as pathways and entry halls between two adjacent shells.“  We are not sure that this is the sort of thing that would drive people to go to the dentist’s more often, but you have to admit it is an interesting place to visit.- via

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5 responses to “Dentist’s Office in Japan, A Good Reason for Your Routine Check-Ups” - Add yours!

  1. Daniel Peters said:
    December 6, 2009

    Great stuff. If I have a problem with my teeth on a japan vacation I know where to go. :-)

  2. December 7, 2009

    This design is an exquisite example of modern design, but unfortunately it completely ignores the human factor in design. All human beings need variety in their environment. This sterile space gives patients no option but to go inward for stimulation. But in a dentist’s chair that bodily or emotional experience is either of pain or anxiety. The industrial view out the windows does not help patients either. A little color, a little decoration would make this a more people friendly environment. Even something as simple as Zen design would make this space more relaxing and welcoming.

  3. Nelson E Huckins said:
    March 24, 2010

    Very interesting – always spread the word. Getting excited about an update. For too long now have I had the urge to get started on my personal blog. Suppose if I wait around any longer I’ll never take action. I’ll be sure to add you to my Blogroll. Cheers!!

  4. M M said:
    October 15, 2010

    On Freshome I started to appriciate Japanese architecture.

  5. January 19, 2011

    I would definitely be more inclined to go to the dentist if the building looked like this. I love how there’s a different function for each room. Awesome architecture!

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