June 1, 2010
by Dental Practice Management
Entering Liberty Village Dental is a little like exhaling. Soft music permeates the awesome volume of space, and ethereal white finishes unite with warm hues to create an atmosphere of harmony — exactly what Dr. Richard Carr aimed to achieve when he acquired this unique condo in Toronto’s trendy King West neighborhood.
The community is a hot-spot of urban revitalization, so it was imperative that the office reflect its modern vibe. The challenge was to do this while maintaining a comfortable, inviting environment.
Drawing inspiration from the surrounding industrial-era warehouse buildings, interior designer Jean Akerman combined textural elements with the simplicity of minimalism to create a balance of contrasts — vertical and horizontal planes, glass and raw concrete, structure and aesthetics — all serving practical and visual purposes.
At just 1,061-square-feet, the office appears larger than it is. Structural columns and exposed ceiling elements are highlighted by dramatic lighting. Oval ceiling discs, housing ambient and task lighting, are suspended by steel cables at a more intimate height over each operatory.
From the upstairs “loft”, the private office and staff lounge overlook the main floor reception and treatment areas. State-of-the-art operatories are supported by the glass-fronted sterilization bay tucked under the stairwell.
Light-filled and airy by day, in the evening, the office transforms into a sparkling gallery-like space. The mood is reinforced by the striking paintings created expressly for the office by the doctor’s wife, artist Shannon Loomer.
Dr. Carr credits Jean Akerman Interior Design, Steve Roll and the K-Dental team, and Bruno Buccella of Antham Contract Interiors Ltd., for achieving a “result (that) is even better than our expectations …it really has a calm atmosphere. It’s a place you actually want to be in, despite the fact that it is a dental office!” DPM
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