Outside, in the distance. ——"Shuowen Jiezi"
Inside, to enter. To enter from outside to inside. ——"Shuowen Jiezi"
Through an endeavor in the formation of space, false spaces and material extensions are installed and visual perspectives created in order to redefine the boundaries of space.
Elusion and Concealment
The foyer had been deliberately pushed back and the direction of the main entrance redirected. The wide expanse of veranda and the false space by the entrance creates a calming stability before one has even entered
inside. Differing from the established traditional image of a medical care space, the counter is hidden behind a side panel of the foyer, breaking free from the sense of strain and oppressiveness that the usual service counters often bring. Instead, a space setting is formed in which one can relax and unwind.
Thoroughness and Connections
The focus of the waiting area is on eliminating the division between itself and the veranda, so the large sheets of black-painted glass and the wooden grilles allow the line of sight to roam freely. The materials of the ceiling extend inwards and the leveled visual horizon greatly enhances the openness of the space, creating an interconnection and extension of the interior and exterior environment.
Suspended glass lighting has been installed inside the waiting area, helping to divide the areas but not obscuring the view. The absence of any televisions inside the waitingarea was planned deliberately; it is just as engaging to read while waiting, or to watch the people passing by outside. The service counter is hidden behind the side wall but still providing service functionality.
The unobstructed treatment area comprises a space with the floor left blank and wood-paneled walls. The walls are no longer connected, allowing the space to extend, providing connection and dialog between the zones. At the same time, the stress associated with closed spaces and medical treatments is eliminated, to be replaced by a lively visual perspective and sense of energy.