How did the architects create an intricately organized design for a pediatric dental office in an otherwise mundane commercial space?
By working closely with the client, a pediatric dentist, AB design studio successfully designed a calming, family-friendly setting meant to ease the anxiety of dental office visits for children and parents. The architects, having worked extensively in early childhood development design, were armed with the knowledge of children’s needs through carefully programmed design. Desks, chairs, and lavatories were created at scalable, accessible heights. Sound-proof sliding glass doors ensure that children have visual contact with parents, while simultaneously creating a calming isolation for patients. The design team closely followed specific and exacting specifications for the dentist’s highly orchestrated procedures. The front-of-house examination rooms were carefully separated from the back-of-house operations of the nurse’s lab with the utmost efficiency in order to spare patients from the distractions of preparation activities.
The architects worked closely with a graphic designer to ensure the logo, stationery, and promotional materials were in line with the interior architecture. Bright pops of a signature orange, later incorporated into the company’s logo, create an intriguing and playful visual element.
Sugarbug Dental is the recipient of several awards, including the 2008 AIAVC Design Honor Award in the Commercial/Institutional category, the 2009 AIA|Santa Barbara Design Merit Award in the Commercial/Institutional category, and the 2009 California Home + Design Award for Commercial Design.
"I have had the privilege of working with AB Design Studio since the inception of my project last year. I am a dentist and after working many years as an associate, I wanted to take things that I knew didn’t work in other offices and make it work in mine.
In my opinion office design is one of the most integral aspects of a successful office. Patients judge the space before talking to staff or dentists. Space is part of corporate identity. In addition efficiency of repetitious tasks performed in the office is closely related to the harmonious and creative union of spacial components. Efficiency precedes productivity.
My intimate involvement in the project was on top of my list of criteria in choosing an architectural firm. A close second was cost. Dental design groups are mostly concerned about selling equipment and the architecture comes to them almost like an afterthought. They have a “we know better” attitude that isolates the dentist from the process.
The enthusiasm and commitment of AB Studios in contributing to my vision was incredible. I have spent many hours in their studio going over solutions to unique challenges presented by the City, the space and my own financial limitations. At the end, they took what I had envisioned and made it better. I am grateful to them for their talents and their integrity."