Our New Office
As you may or may not know, Horacek Dental is located in a building formerly used as wood shop in SE Portland. In redesigning our new office the project scope included inserting 4700 sq. ft of exam rooms, laboratories, administrative support spaces and a reception area into the existing shell. At Horacek Dental we wanted a project that reflected the industrial character of the neighbourhood and the nature of the building.
The design concept, based on the anatomy of a tooth, consists of two primary zones. The central core of the project, or ‘nerve’, is clad in a dark felt material that has a calming acoustic and aesthetic function. It contains the laboratories, administrative and consultation spaces. The outer edge of the building, or ‘enamel’, is white with Oregon White Oak accents, and is reserved for patient service. This zone includes the staff lounge, waiting area, and the examination and operatory rooms. These spaces are focused on large windows for views and natural daylighting.
The design team provided architectural and interior design services, including a full seismic retrofit, and also designed and fabricated much of the furniture. The wood screen behind the reception area was fabricated by Fieldwork using wood sourced from on-site demolition and the pendant light fixtures at the coffee bar were built from machinery salvaged from the former tenant’s workshop. Storm-water is filtered and managed on-site. Wherever possible, materials and finishes specified were re-purposed, have recycled content and were sourced locally.
Check out some of the articles our new office has been featured in:
Design Milk Article