JDAP, a design, architecture and planning firm, envisaged a bright and fresh space for a dental clinic that occupies the lower level of a row house complex within suburban Mumbai. The first set of alterations reinforced the existing structural system, and then removed the dividing masonry walls, opening up the larger floor plate.
A primary objective was to maximise the penetration of natural light into the operatory and consulting areas. The main access corridor that flanks the operatory rooms has a set of openings that allow diffused natural light into the space and into the glass-fronted cabins. The bright graphics on the glass provide privacy along with a lively engagement on the outside.
The corridor responds to a jagged edge by a winding light overhead that starts off from the entrance of the clinic and runs to its rear. A tree passing through the space – an oddity seen in several such row houses in the city – was retained, while separated from the interior, providing an unexpected encounter with nature within what is expected to be a sterile environment.
Text Compiled By Rehana Hussain
Photographs By Studio Kunal Bhatia