Hirose Dental Clinic

Eleven Nine, a Japanese architecture studio, designed a new innovative dental clinic where brisk clouds are drawn clearly on the glass at daytime. At sunset, they change into faint, washy mist-like lines of smoke. 

The surface is double structured: a sheet with cloud designs is attached on the outside glass, the same design is also printed on the inside PVC sheet. Besides, putting the indirect illumination between films, magical perspectives occur when you see the building from the front. 

This is as much a visual presentation as is the Japanese traditional bed net, Kaya. However, for the patients’ privacy, the part where the treatment rooms are behind is grade-washed. The inside of the clinic is filled with an invigourating open space that is enhanced by the 4.5m high rooftop.

There, three towering columns are anchored and flow smoothly to the floor, where the front desk is set up inorganically as if someone had rolled over an egg. Part of the innermost wall is diced so that the sunlight shines into the director’s room.

Only this room has pure white tiled floors to make it seem sacred with opalescence. From the director’s room, you can see the back court, where green leafy ash trees are planted in the thick lawn, full of colour filling the sunlit cubic for ornamental use and catenary illuminations are hung inside of the dispensary room. 

Oval lamps are strung from three locations appearing as if they are floating like clouds. The grass on the garden bring down the temperature of the ground, it combats global warming.

The grass photosynthesises and evaporates, keeping the air clean. At night time, the clouds on the glass hangs like the ink painting, sumi-e, taking in the reflection of rain, shadows, and moon.


Project: Hirose Dental Clinic

LocationNosakucho, Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

ArchitectsEleven Nine Interior Design Office, Osaka, Japan

Technical info: PVC tents

Picture creditsSeiryo Yamada