Randstad 21 – 61
1991 - 1992
Reception, office, waiting and consulting room. Ca.260m² gfa
The orthodontic practice is located in an industry park on the outskirts of Almere. Patients undergoing dental surgery experience the space mainly from a prone position in the operating chair. This prompted the architects to make the roof into the main motif of the design.
At the front, the building presents a closed appearance. There is hardly such a thing as a front facade, only an intimate entrance which slices into the roof. Moving inwards from the entrance, the roof rises and the interior grows increasingly light and spacious. At the rear, the building opens up to a view of the polder landscape. The ground plan is easily comprehended. The rooms are organized along the long corridor, with a row of services on the left, and the reception office, waiting room and consulting room on the right. The surgery is at the rear of the building against the transparent end wall. A mezzanine level with staff facilities is bracketed by voids at the front and rear.
The interior bathes in light. Round domes and the glazed strip in the roof admit daylight in the service spaces and the central corridor. The reception office, waiting room and consulting room have windows in the side wall. The outer wall of the surgery is glazed from top to bottom and across the full width.