L’Alcudia, Spain – Masquespacio ventures out of the realms of hospitality and retail with a new concept for dental clinic Somriures that reimagines redundant medical blue in a fresh design that feels more quirky than clinical. A wooden sculpture composed of 2,884 individual strips extends over the ceiling and walls to serve as both a reference to a healthy smile and a subtle wayfinding tool guiding guests back to the examination rooms.
The Spanish-based duo of Christopher Penasse and Ana Hernández have completed many projects in their native country and abroad, including the Doctor Manzana stores and a takeout sushi shop, which exemplify their masterful use of colour and simple geometries to create playful, modern spaces.
The project for Somriures introduces a novel set of challenges to Masquespacio due to the typology, evoking a more restrained approach that redefines their trademark playful aesthetic. A minimal material palette and careful use of decoration ensure the professional atmosphere required of a medical office is not interrupted. The singular wood installation enhances the architecture without appearing overtly ornamental, and cleverly relates to the overall program. Custom furnishings in the waiting room add up-beat character with clean lines and introduce brown leather as well as gold metallic detailing to the simple concoction of hues and textures.
An eclectic mix of gold accessories alongside pineapples and the design book complete the graphic, curated quality of the space – almost bearing a resemblance to an over-saturated version of a Wes Anderson film.
Situated 30 kilometres outside Valencia, the clinic embraces its laid-back location not far from the coast with a fresh palette, greenery, and careful selection of on-trend accessories.