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