Timber Dentistry

Timber Dentistry

Architect
Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates Co,.Ltd.
Location
Minoo, Japan
Project Year
2014
Category
Hospitals
© Satoshi Shigeta

Timber Dentistry

Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates Co,.Ltd. as Architects

The location became a Housing Expo at around 90 years ago as its quiet ambienceremains from the inherited residential surroundings. However, after 11 months of researchand analysing the environment, the convenience of people was adopted for their essentialneeds in everyday life with the flow of time. Having this condition, Timber Dentistry will standas an iconic architecture that signifies its remaining value, which in the future, endeavours tomend the environmental conflicts.


Orientation and shape of the surrounding residential influenced the silhouette of thestructure’s west elevation. Gable roof that blends in the neighborhood transforms likedrawing an arc towards the west side as its movement shows modernism. To give a warmimpression to the exterior facade, natural materials of wood are used, where walls stand asa white canvas that complements cherry blossoms during its season.


The timber structure is enhanced by the transparency of glass, which captivates attentionfrom the eye-level pedestrian located in the first floor. Timber material in inner space blendswith the street of cherry blossoms, thus the Architecture itself aimed to blend the inner andouter spaces. "Tree brings sunny and refreshing weather to the circumference.” Intends todevelop a reproduction method while preserving its historic context even in a small building.


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