Transparency, views, and an unexpected warmth define the Blue Ridge Orthodontics’ new office as a patient-centered oasis for dental care. For many, orthodontia conjures images of awkward metal contraptions and feelings of anxiety. In this space, however, a soothing palette and inviting design put patients at ease. Blue Ridge Orthodontics’ new office creates a welcoming, memorable environment that positively contributes to their reputation and quality of care.
Wood tones, easy wayfinding, and a variety of comfortable seating convey an atmosphere more consistent with a spa than an orthodontist’s office. The patient experience takes precedence throughout as the entry lobby flows to clinical and open treatment areas. In addition to these spaces, facility encompasses private treatment rooms, offices, and conference rooms. A balance of privacy, serenity, and functionality are achieved through the inclusion of a feature design element – a massive, sculptural wall composed of 136 layers of CNC-cut poplar plywood. The wall enhances warmth and connectivity as it defines the building’s pathways between the entry, treatment areas, and private offices.
The design revives the natural potential of the site and celebrates its location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rather than a view of sterile white walls or television screens, patients overlook the natural beauty of a garden. The deep overhang of the roof and a sculptural, layered wall facilitate the connection between interior and exterior. In contrast to the angular roof, the curving sculptural wall defines the central spaces with its flowing form, which programmatically separates the individual clinical rooms from the administrative wing. The feature wall is exceptionally functional, accommodating significant storage as well as sinks and mirrors for patient use.
Blue Ridge Orthodontics’ new office is emblematic of their patient-centric mindset, enabling them to provide services in a welcoming, memorable environment that positively contributes to their reputation and quality of care.
AIA North Carolina Honor Award, 2018