Holistic dental, speech & music therapy clinic: a new model of sustainable and ‘worry free’ health centre
Sydney, Australia

The newly opened dental, speech, and music therapy clinic adopts an innovative and holistic approach to 'mouth' care, from dental to speech.

Speech therapy aims to bring back the bridge of communication to people who
have recently lost it. It can also be used to help children with delayed speech, thus building that crucial connection for them.
Music therapy is a research based allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well being.

Sustainability was a major consideration when designing the clinic. The use of natural materials, in particular timber, was a central element of the design. Timber is a renewable resource that reduces the clinic's carbon footprint while providing a warm and welcoming environment for patients. The timber walls, combined with soft lighting, create a warm and homely atmosphere that makes patients feel comfortable and relaxed.

'Patient experience is a crucial aspect of the design, with a focus on creating a welcoming, relaxing and 'worry free' environment. We wanted to move away from the traditional concept of healthcare design and imagine the new clinic like a family house, a comfortable and stress-free environment that prioritizes the patient's well-being'. (Valentino Gareri).

The waiting room, envisioned as a cozy living room, helps to reduce the stress and anxiety that patients may feel before their appointment. The space encourages a sense of community and comfort, making it easier for patients to talk to each other and share their experiences.

One of the most striking features of the clinic's design is the curved timber wall that runs throughout the music therapy room. The geometry of the cladding provides a functional opportunity to add into the interior spaces lighting and greenery. This adds a visual connection to nature that helps to create a calming and relaxing environment for patients.

The importance of adding greenery to healthcare spaces has become increasingly apparent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies have shown that exposure to nature and natural elements, such as plants, can have a positive impact on mental and physical health, including reducing stress and anxiety levels. Green improves patient well-being while also contributing to the overall sustainable and holistic approach to healthcare.

The sustainable and low-cost design approach (the cost/m2 is below the Australian average) is an essential aspect of the project that prioritizes both patient well-being and cost-effectiveness.

'By using natural materials, maximizing natural lighting and incorporating greenery into the design, this project demonstrates that sustainable design not only improves the quality of the internal spaces, but it can also be affordable and practical'. (Valentino Gareri).



Client: Kita Dental


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