SPH Architecture + Interiors were engaged by the Department of Finance – Building Management and Works on behalf of the North Metropolitan Health Service to deliver a new dental clinic located on the fifth floor of B Block – Fremantle Hospital and operated by Dental Health Services.
The Fremantle Dental Clinic provides State funded public dental care to eligible patients in a modern setting, maximising its surroundings with in the existing hospital. The brief for this project called for nine dental treatment rooms, one of these to be an accessible, together with Entry/reception/waiting, dental lab, sterilization and staff support areas (office and amenities)
To maximise natural light in to all spaces, the nine dental treatment rooms have been located along the south wall of the existing building, and the staff/multipurpose room, office, and dental lab, have been located along the east wall of the existing building; All other support areas have been located off the main corridor, and receive borrowed natural light via full height glazed partitions from the nine treatment rooms.
The general look and feel concept for the Fremantle Dental Clinic was to create a warm and welcoming environment with a sense of freshness and wellbeing. Blonde timber features add tactility and warmth to a space that is historically associated with a cold, clinical & institutional feel. Contrasting black and white neutrals give a sharp, modern, yet timeless appearance that is functional and low maintenance. Tertiary shades of blue and green, colour accents and organic patterns add a holistic vitality that instigates an association to wellbeing.
The Dental treatment rooms have been fitted out with large panels of Peta Miller’s art work. SPH worked in collaboration with Peta, a local Fremantle artist to produce a series of art panels that speak of Fremantle and the Western Australia environment.
Each of the nine treatment rooms is fitted out with a different piece of Peta’s work. The panels wrap around the wall and ceiling enriching the space and becoming a focal point for patient receiving treatment. The panels bring art and beauty to a space that otherwise would be quite clinical.