Dr. Lai Dental Clinic NYC With orchestrated colors and patterns to create a spatial symphony, the design brings to a clinical setting a sensuality beyond spa-like hospitality. Amidst the trend of incorporating hospitality sensibilities and providing more attentive and personal services integral to the medical industry, new designs to adopt spa and boutique hotel aesthetics have transformed the experience of health care facilities. For the design of Dr. Lai's clinic, we explored further the realm where the ineffability of architecture and space inspires beyond sensual elements. As a result, the experience became lyrically dimensional and, ultimately, contemplative. The 3,300 sq. ft. premises were conceived to be one fluid space with carefully articulated definitions and boundaries. These boundaries demarcate as well as connect the spaces. The hung perforated ceiling consists of 85 custom-patterned CNC and white powder coated steel panels. It defines and extends the spatial verticality especially when the up-light system above the panels renders the ceiling beyond with a purple hue. A white translucent Corrian panel wall forms a transitional light space inside the existing windows. Embroidered with a CNC embossed pattern that reflects the theme of the ceiling, the view-framing rectangular openings are softened by the constant shifting of light and shadow on the luminescent pattern throughout the day. The entire floor is finished with white-resin/white-glass terrazzo and floating elliptical divisions. These boundaries compose an expansive, continuous white space that sets the stage for the dynamic juxtaposition of elements within. On the stage, a unique sensuality is conjured by the rhythmic layering of customized, mostly white Corrian and lacquered furniture/partitions and transparent spatial elements, punctuated by splashes of brilliant colors of 5 red rose fabric-inlayed glass panels and multi-colored dental chairs. All the freestanding fabric-inlayed glass partitions are supported by 3/4" solid stainless steel forest-like posts anchored to the floor to suggest weightlessness and movement. The posts, polished on the edges and satin finished on the faces, are also laser cut with patterns that echo the ceiling and the wall. All principal materials in the composition - glass, Corrian, glass/resin terrazzo, stainless steel - were considered for their hygienic properties. The challenge of the design was to explore the poetic attributes of these materials and transform their sterile characteristics.