The Dental Gallery

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Location: Waco, Texas Client: Dr. Jayish Patel, DDS Category: Healthcare Scope: New Construction Services: Architecture / Interior Design

With a large, visibly exposed corner site, the owner wanted the design of the building itself to be the most impactful billboard for his business. He conceived of the project as “Gallery.” Here, the design team saw an opportunity to not only place the building on display, but also, to use strategic window placements, coupled with a “forest” of columns, to create exterior subject-matter as well. RBDR developed a geometrically abstract roofline and similarly abstract column arrangement in an effort to produce a building that approaches a landscape-like aspect. While still appearing somewhat random, all elements are still subject to sets of rules that seek to maintain visual clarity and, ultimately, buildability within a very tight budget.

We have taken this biophilic approach and applied it both on the interior and the exterior of the building, where multiple building elements, including signage, hardware, flooring patterns, lighting, wall, and ceiling finishes are all intentionally designed as part of a cohesive space.

A Dentist’s surgical office is rarely thought of as a calming place. The architecture of the Dental Gallery came from the owner and RBDR’s uncompromising desire to create a peaceful, yet evocative environment.