The grandeur of the vast earth has always provided a captivating backdrop for interior spaces. In this dental clinic in Hsinchu, the typically sterile atmosphere of treatment rooms is transformed, drawing a warm and natural ambiance from its very name. The character "森" stretches out like the delicate silhouettes of treetop branches, while "釉" conveys the healing essence of the earth. Bridging imagery and form, designer Alfred Sung meticulously reveals his design intentions, with every detail meticulously pointing back to the central theme and unfolding rich visual metaphors embodied in aesthetic beauty.
The front half of the ground floor creates a welcoming entrance imagery, also serving as a comfortable waiting area. With a gray-white backdrop acting as a canvas, the space offers a consistent experience through elements such as wood grain textures, unique brick-red paint, and stone materials, all connecting to the essence of the natural earth. Furthermore, there's a piece of luxurious stone, a lavish gift symbolizing the parents' blessings, artfully incorporated into the setting, representing a prominent visual element. Parts of the furniture originate from antique items sold by the owner's parents, seamlessly integrated into the modern environment, intertwining the sense of time and the value of heritage.
The rear of the ground floor leading to the second level comprises private examination rooms and several essential yet concealed functions, such as the sterilization room and the X-ray room. These needs and functions are conceptualized as scattered boxes within the space, which are then reassembled and reorganized. The design of the individual examination rooms aims to prevent a feeling of confinement. Through offsetting design elements, a dialogue between volumes is accentuated, allowing the flow of light and sightlines while maintaining privacy and liberating the space. Paired with the interior lighting's point, line, and surface design – whether it's the rhythmic illumination from individual points or the linear definition of regions – as one navigates the space, they can feel the distinct yet interconnected zones.
"Circulation is vital in this architecture. How one enters the space relates to the external view." The spatial axis is based on the vista, extending interior pathways according to functional requirements. Through these axes, the surrounding volumes relate to each other, establishing order. Designer Alfred Sung stated that the most challenging aspect of designing a dental clinic is the flow. Each treatment room has multiple entrances and exits. Consideration must be given to ensure patients, doctors, and assistants move between floors without disturbing each other. Doors between treatment rooms allow assistants to provide support efficiently, and the route for clean and used instruments needs meticulous planning. This emphasizes the importance of in-depth discussions and a full understanding with the clinic owners in advance. "Should people be guided, or are they free to wander within the space?" His design respects individuals' freedom of choice, refusing to let the layout dictate their movement.