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Shift Architecture + Urbanism Transforms a 1930s Dutch Villa Into a Light-Filled Modern Dental Clinic
Posted By Andrew Goodwin On February 18, 2013 @ 5:58 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,Design,Gallery,Green Building,Green renovation | No Comments
Rotterdam-based design firm Shift Architecture + Urbanism has transformed an existing historic 1930s villa into a modern dental practice that forges a strong connection with nature. Located in the town of Best in the Netherlands, this renovation and extension of the existing villa provides a contemporary architectural twist to the archetypal housing form.
The existing building was a traditional Dutch home with a brick exterior and slate roof. Shift Architecture + Urbanism ‘s renovation honored the history of the existing home and added a new volume contrasts with the materiality of the existing building. With its standing-seam  zinc cladding, the new volume stands out in an iconic way.
Though the exterior of the stylish new dental clinic seems a bit industrial, the interior is clean and full of light . Orange built-in cabinetry also brightens the office environment in a humorous way. The architect installed “a large ‘flower window’, that also serves as a bench” to connect the interior to nature and create a sense of serenity. This window also frames the activity of the patient in the dentist’s chair from the outside.
Via Freshome 
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 Shift Architecture + Urbanism: http://www.shifta.nl/
 standing-seam: http://inhabitat.com/the-lefebvre-smyth-residence-in-british-columbia-minimizes-footprint-but-maximizes-sustainability/
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 Freshome: http://freshome.com/2013/02/12/welcoming-and-neat-dental-clinic-in-the-netherlands/
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