Architect Divya Manaktola of Attic Light Architects has designed a colourful and playful ‘Dr. Jawa’s Clinic’ in Delhi. The project showcases simple elements that possess a playful quotient and yet reciprocate with the growing inquisitive minds of their little audience. Form development, detailing and play of colors have been used to transform this space and its associated feelings as a positive and welcoming space. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) receives detailed info about the project from the architect. Read on:
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“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children!” Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders the world has ever witnessed, quoted this back in the 1900s. This small healthcare space for kids aims to interact with the children’s ever-exploring, growing and questioning minds in a way that visiting a doctor becomes a happy experience for these young patients.
Visual Connectivity in Every Corner
‘Visual Connectivity’ is the core concept of this designed clinic, and that connectivity is established in every nook and corner of this space through careful curation of elements and storyboarding. From the selection of a unifying color palette to the artwork painted across each segment, the entire clinic exhibits a coherent design language that is static and yet interactive with the users.
This idea of connectivity has not only been portrayed by blush aesthetics but also by the simple planning layout, that eases way-finding for any incoming patient and allows vigilance of the young ones. With a concept of intricate playful aspects that children can visually connect to, the design process leading to this was developed in an array of stages. Starting with an empty shell of the layout, a layer of spatial planning that responds directly to the brief was added.
Playful Yet Functional Interiors
To complement the functionality, a play of forms was chosen as a visual language that transcended from being a railing to wall art and into a bookshelf. For the complete success of the concept, this design language was also implemented in the lampshades and the shape of the executed artworks.
Since it’s a basement space one primary goal was also to eliminate the feeling of claustrophobia due to the lack of natural ventilation. The planning was done keeping in mind the location of the windows and to ensure a free flow of natural air and light.
The volume of the space, however, was made to feel larger by converting the beams into lights in the Waiting area.
Pastel Shades For Relaxing Interiors
The details of this design are what render it with its ultimate uniqueness. From the choice of a pastel color palette to including relevant artwork and graffiti; each intricate aspect has been added as per the psyche of the young user group. The selection of the material palette too was a conscious choice.
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Use of Sturdy and Low Maintenance Materials
While keeping in mind the rough usage by kids, stronger and more durable, easy-to-clean materials were used for the detailing. Elements of wood were limited to the areas that are inaccessible by kids, like the ceiling light installation or reception paneling.
This clinic attempts to explore that healthcare architecture need not always be just functional; it can be innovative and can be a space that finely mixes both functionality & creative expression and that details embellish a design when they are executed as responsive ideas aimed at blending technicality with aesthetic expression.
Project Typology: Healthcare
Location: Delhi, India
Completion: January 2022
Area: 1450 sq.ft.
Lead Architect: Divya Manaktola
Design Firm: Attic Light Architects
Photography: By the Architect
About the Firm
Attic Light Architects was founded in 2018 by architect Divya Manaktola to provide niche design solutions. The studio treats architecture as a transformative process that helps clients build new structures that are rooted in context and curate spaces through bespoke design. The practice works with a vision where exploration and idea sharing are not seen just as an option but as a principle and an opportunity through which they aim to create designs that go beyond functional and aesthetic concerns, to generate an intimate rendezvous between the space and its occupants.
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