Broxden Dental Centre completes
March 3 2011
Built on Greenfield land within an eponymous business park the centre occupies a slight depression which limits views from ground floor areas, although panoramas of the Perthshire hills can be obtained from the first floor.
To alleviate this a central courtyard has been inserted, enveloped by expanses of glazing and playing host to a stainless steel reception pod.
Vibrant coloured fibre cement panels are affixed to the façade, in contrast to the render and slate façade, to assuage nervous patrons and reducing the institutional feel which often accompanies medical facilities.
Graham Whitters, senior architect at Archial, said: “Our response to the challenges posed by this site was to design a central courtyard, allowing us to create views for the ground floor areas and encourage visual and physical interaction. A two storey element carefully placed between the courtyard and the road acts as a buffer to the noise generated from the adjacent A9.
“The building’s exterior is a study in balanced contrast. A ground floor, white render plinth provides a base for the dark fibre cement slate clad upper storey, which cantilevers to announce and protect the main building entrance”.
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