Department of Health
We were appointed by the Department of Health to design a 20 seat public dental clinic, including 10 dedicated teaching chairs and a radiology facility, on a Greenfield site in Ballarat. The teaching chairs are managed by La Trobe University and the facility provides opportunities for undergraduate dentists, oral health therapists, dental technicians, prosthetists and radiologists.
We designed an innovative layout that drew from the experience of the staff, recent dental clinics as well as traditional clinic layouts. The design gives priority to the well being of the patients generating a plan that located central sterilizing and laboratory areas in the middle of the building with the 20 dental suites arranged around the outside providing direct access to natural light.
White clay bricks are used to create a welcoming and calm facade, while colours are used extensively internally to to create a relaxing ambiance not typically associated with a clinic.