PLANT was hired to transform an old Spanish dance hall into a new paediatric dental office – Superkids. Launching her new practice for kids, teens and beyond, the client did not want the ‘babyish’ pediatric dentistries default setting. Instead, she wanted a vibrant environment that people of all ages will find cool. The Superkids name made us think of beams of light and comic-book graphic dynamism. With a limited budget to transform the dance hall into a place where kids would want to have their braces tweaked, we turned the entire facade into a graphic of projecting and intersecting light beams with paint, and carried the motif into the interior in three dimensions, where patterns on the floor bend up the wall like refracted flashlight beams. Existing terrazzo flooring is integrated with new linoleum.

Vibrant accent colours, a painted slat feature wall, and supergraphic numbers spruce up conventional drywall partition and lay-in tile ceiling. Glass walls are all treated with bands of translucent vertical bands – in concert with the colour bands beyond, partially obscuring the views into the dental areas.

In the lobby, the ceiling and services are exposed to take advantage of the lofty height and suspended baffles provide sound attenuation.

Dr. Stallaert tells us that her patients are loving her new space – and that even though it was completed shortly before the coronavirus pandemic, it is functioning well under the current exceptional circumstances. “The waiting room has so many pods for people to social distance,” she says. “Who knew that would be so important? We get compliments all the time.”

Reception (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Waiting room (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Waiting room
Seating nook (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Seating nook
Consult room (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Consult room
Consult room hall (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Consult room hall
Exam room 1 (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Exam room 1
Dental hall (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Dental hall
Exam room 3 (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Exam room 3
Surgery hall (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Surgery hall
Sterilization Lab (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Sterilization Lab
Orthodontics hall (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Orthodontics hall
Waiting room (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Waiting room
Reception desk with obscured glass stripes (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Reception desk with obscured glass stripes
Vestibule ceiling (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Vestibule ceiling
New facade on Dundas (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
New facade on Dundas

project index

  1. A Conversation of Views
  2. Admiral Road Garden
  3. Airdrie Road Garden
  4. Airdrie Road Residence
  5. Albany Avenue Residence
  6. Aporia Records
  7. Asphalt Poetry
  8. – Poem
  9. Baby Point Gardens
  10. Beach Garden
  11. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  12. Beaty Residence
  13. Bennington Heights Garden
  14. Berkeley Street Residence
  15. Bin-Scarth Garden
  16. Blink and you miss it.
  17. – Poem
  18. Bloor St. Apartment
  19. Blue Note
  20. Booth Avenue Residence
  21. Boustrophedon Garden
  22. Braemore Gardens Residence
  23. Browning Avenue Residence
  24. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  25. Camp Arowhon Offices
  26. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  27. Centre for Teaching and Learning, UBCO
  28. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  29. Chocolate Loft
  30. City Instrument
  31. Clarendon Garden
  32. Conversation Piece
  33. Creemore Farm
  34. Danforth Mosaic BIA Master Plan
  35. Dickson Park Garden
  36. Dilworth Residence
  37. Don Landing Revitalization
  38. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  39. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  40. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  41. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  42. Eglinton Ave Forecourt
  43. Eglinton Park Master Plan
  44. Elizabeth Fry Society
  45. Ellsworth Residence
  46. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  47. First Avenue Garden
  48. First Avenue Residence
  49. Flyover Canada
  50. Foote’s Pond Wood
  51. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  52. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  53. Goldring Landscape, University of Toronto
  54. Gormley Garden
  55. Governor's Bridge Lookout
  56. Greener P
  57. Greer Road Garden
  58. Greer Road Residence
  59. Guelph Bridge
  60. Head in the Clouds
  61. Helena Ave Residence 4
  62. Junction Craft Brewery
  63. Kelpies Competition
  64. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  65. Le jardin du repos
  66. Lenticular Curtain
  67. Liberty Village Parkettes
  68. Liza’s Garden
  69. Lynwood Garden
  70. Macroscape
  71. Markham Garden One
  72. Markham Street Residence Two
  73. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  74. Mulock Arboretum
  75. Nathan Phillips Square
  76. – Streetscape
  77. – Peace Garden
  78. – Podium Roof Garden
  79. Orchard View Garden
  80. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  81. Owl Cottage
  82. Paperstone Scissors
  83. Peripheral Sitings
  84. Pottery Road Crossing
  85. rare
  86. Ravine Forecourt
  87. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  88. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  89. Roxborough Garden One
  90. Roxborough Garden Two
  91. Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation
  92. Schulich School of Business
  93. Sheridan College
  94. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  95. Spadina Quay Wetland
  96. St. Anne's Road Garden
  97. Stratford Market Square Competition
  98. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  99. Superkids Dental
  100. Superlegible
  101. Sweet Farm
  102. Sweet Farm Pond House
  103. Swift Medical Offices
  104. The Meadows Reconsidered
  105. The Red Sash
  106. Thick & Thin
  107. Tipping Point
  108. Tranby Garden
  109. Tree House Residence
  110. University of Toronto Mississauga Welcome Centre
  111. Venice Biennale 2012
  112. Vermont Square Park
  113. Vernon Avenue Garden
  114. Walk the Walk
  115. Walmer Road Residence
  116. Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial
  117. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  118. Wells Street Residence
  119. Westminster Residence
  120. With Words as Their Actions
  121. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  122. Woven Stories
  123. York Park