Baftar Dermatology Clinic


Location:Jordan St, Tehran, Iran


Type: Public Interior Design



Winner of Architecture Masterprize, Silver Winner of IDA Design Awards, Building of the year Nominee, 1st Prize in Kioskedia Awards, 1st Place In Public Honar e Memari, 2nd Place In Architecture and People Awards, 1st Place in TraMod Awards


The interior design of the Baftar Dermatology Clinic was referred to us, with a relatively small area (115 square meters) and a stereotypical open office space in a newly constructed building, The office Windows which are located on three sides, emphasize the building placement in the corner of the street. The light and the view of the plane trees on the south side, on the one hand, and the light from the west and the visual invasion of the unattractive facades of the building, on the other hand, seem to value the presence of windows (and of course, the north side of the unit is also not spared from this opportunity to capture light).

There is a small corner; it's a limited space but filled with green frames. After thoroughly examining the space, the Client expresses his functional requirements. The traditional functions of a treatment space, include three treatment rooms, a spacious lobby, and service areas such as dressing rooms, a kitchen, client and staff services. However, it seems that these requirements do not fit the size of the space. Interior design begins with a main concern; How patients visiting the office can experience the atmosphere of the project beyond the functions and how to stimulate their desire to be in the treatment space. With this purpose, the design process of the project, after removing all the excess details (unneeded walls, false ceiling, and filling monoliths between the beams) commenced in two main stages of integration and contrast.

The first stage is the integration of the whole project with a semi-transparent, flexible, and textured cover that frees the inner space from the windows and takes form like a soft and integrated membrane according to the function.The second stage is the identification of the treatment area in contrast with its background in a way that the sensitive and fragile crystal box makes its boundary from the waiting space, with distinctive materials and color palette.

This project faced a challenge in choosing materials due to their opposite sensory qualities; one with rough texture, and the other with delicate texture. The choice of metal mesh material to cover the entire space, although it is an unexpected material for the audience of treatment space, has advantages that other materials cannot fulfill. This relatively economical and accessible cover integrates the internal boundaries without completely denying the presence of windows and takes a fluid form following the functional needs of the project (in the first sequence, they define an enclosed space for the entrance, Then it draws the visitor's attention to the reception counter and is folded on it to create illumination, it slowly forms the corner shelves and the client's seat, and at the end, it is folded on the wall with a big gap and the treatment area shows).

The audience experiencing the waiting space finds a semi-transparent box that tries to arouse patient curiosity (rooms that, with their glass and curved surfaces, make the treatment experience different from what it was. Along this delicate treatment box, visitors notice an inviting axis that runs parallel to it.Despite the entrance being located away from the view of the trees, The corridor's end frame offers a clear view of the trees, which enhances the viewer's sight.

The functional-visual axis, along with access to the treatment rooms, offers a space that is adaptable and multi-functional. With creeping plants, the space promises a touch of greenery. With movable walls, It can be transformed into a staff dressing room at the beginning and end of the day. During the day, a movable table provides a cozy and enclosed space for rest of staff. The doctor's room occupies the best part of the office where the doctor has a long-term presence. It is separated from the checkup bed by a movable curtain when necessary. On the other hand, The private in-between space, which also serves as the patient’s dressing room, provides direct access to the operating room for the doctor.

Finally, the internal design of the project with all the implementation challenges in solving the installation issues (caused by changing office space to treatment space ), the skill and high precision construction of the metal grid (which is hinged), and the handmade curved glass box (which was not possible to produce by machine due to the small radius of the arc) with the support of a skilled and patient client, A redefinition of the formal quality of treatment space and Industrial aesthetics was formed.