Skeema | Brookline, MA
The conception of Coron Dental Studio started from one simple question: How can the design of a dental office enhance patients' experience?
Located at a prominent location in front of a transit stop in Brookline, MA, Coron Dental Studio is designed to naturally draw people in. A twelve-foot fig tree, standing tall under an existing skylight, is highly visible from the outside stimulating one's curiosity. A white curvilinear wall -- applied throughout the entirety of the office -- gently surrounds the tree, acting as a backdrop for creating a patient area that has a sense of elegance and simplicity. At the base of the fig tree and throughout the reception area is a series of houseplants -- ranging from types of sansevieria and fern -- that purify the air to suggest the idea of 'reception as a garden'.
As the name suggests, Coron Dental Studio is more than just a dental office; it exhibits artworks of local artists and also houses a photo studio for capturing patients' beautiful smiles. By holding occasional events open to the community the goal is to make the studio truly feel like it's embedded and invested in the community.
The space was previously used as an education center, with a mezzanine level that split a single tall space into two low-ceiling levels. Dr. Kim, however, was convinced that spacious and beautifully-designed spaces would provide patients with an unparalleled experience and decided to demolish most of the mezzanine level. The final outcome is a one-of-a-kind dental office that redefines what a dental office could be. Coron Dental Studio transforms a typical notion of a "patient" to a "visitor", a "reception space" into a "garden", and an "office" into a "gallery".