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RIBA Award-Winning Dental Practice Rises From The Lush British Countryside
Posted By Ana Lisa Alperovich On July 19, 2011 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,green roof,Sustainable Building | No Comments
Situated within the quiet town of Ivybridge  in Britain’s southwestern corner, Brown’s Dental Practice is not your average dentists office. Designed by David Sheppard Architects using local materials like stone, wood and glass, the double-height dental practice blends perfectly with the surrounding environment. The project was also recently awarded with this year’s RIBA Award .
The outside of the building features two contrasting sides – one made from local stone walls, and the other from rough-cut sweet chestnut  planks, which were air-dried in a barn for four months and painted with pigment from an ebony-colored steel that was left to rust in water for weeks.
The dental surgery center also features a green sloping sedum roof that follows the topography of the site and a range of photovoltaic panels  that produce renewable energy used by the lights and machines. The architect worked very hard to balance the patients’ requirement for privacy with the practitioners’ need for an airy light-filled workspace — they decided to let natural light come in through skylights , while big airy windows provide calming views of the green countryside to inspire tranquillity.
The clinic’s interiors are made from panelled birch plywood with continuous rubber floors. They have been insulated  within another local, biodegradable material – sheep’s wool – which brings warmth to the building while creating a close connection to the project’s beautiful and green setting.
Via Architecture Today 
Photos © Joakim Boren
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 David Sheppard Architects: http://www.davidsheppard-architects.com/
 Brown’s Dental Practice: http://www.brownsdentalpractice.co.uk/
 RIBA Award: http://www.architecture.com/Awards/RIBAAwards/RIBAAwards.aspx
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 Ivybridge: http://www.ivybridge.gov.uk/
 chestnut: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chestnut
 photovoltaic panels: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=photovoltaic+panels
 skylights: http://inhabitat.com/beijings-massive-national-hotel-will-house-a-107000-square-foot-indoor-rainforest/
 insulated: http://inhabitat.com/lets-talk-about-insulation-baby/
 Architecture Today: http://www.architecturetoday.co.uk/?p=13733
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