The Ippin dental technician’s office is probably the first office of its kind to be openedin Japan that offers customized services.
In Japan, dental technicians make dentures and dental prostheses according to ordersfrom dentists, so their workplaces are hidden behind the scenes. Our client, who haspracticed extensively in the United States, decided to establish a new dental laboratorywhere he can work directly with customers and offer the best customized services. Heasked us to create the best space to realize this ambition.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Completion date: May 2013
The office is located in a commercial building surrounded by a wedding hall, beautysalons and boutiques. It is in the fashionable district of Omotesando, which is knownas “ the avenue of contemporary masterpiece architecture”.
Originally designed for retail stores, the building is enveloped in glass curtain walls,which made it too bright for the technicians to do delicate handwork. The interior is also fully visible from buildings across the streets, so the privacy issue needed to beresolved.
We placed work desks along the glass curtain walls, and installed partition walls at the same interval as the mullions in order to hide them. The partition walls are twisted towards the top to control the amount of natural light that enters the space and also to obstruct the view from opposite buildings. Between these walls are personal work booths where technicians are able to concentrate on delicate procedures.
Ippin Dental Laboratory, Inc. (EN)
Project name: Ippin Dental Laboratory, Inc.
Address: Portofino 2nd floor A-21, 3-15-5 Minato-ku Kitaaoyama Tokyo, Japan
Design Company / Architect: TAKATO TAMAGAMI ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
/ Takato Tamagami
Construction: BEE’S NEST LIMITED.
Photographer: Masaya Yoshimura
Scope of work: Interior Construction
Client: Ippin Dental Laboratory, Inc.
Principal use: Dental technician’s office
Total floor area: 60.0m2
Interior floor: polyvinyl-chloride roll flooring
Interior Wall: acrylic emulsion paint finish
Interior Ceiling: acrylic emulsion paint finish