High ceilings, sculptural bulkheads, sandblasted glass walls and the soothing murmur of a waterfall in the Reception area set up the tone the moment you step into this 5000 s.f. Dermatology Clinic. Located in an outer suburb of Washington DC, the practice intends to draw on the exurban crowd that normally travels into the city for treatment, while also appealing to patients from the urban center. The practice provides MOHS surgery and dermatological care as well as cosmetic procedures.
Much of the layout was driven by the lab-intensive nature of the skin cancer surgery process. Access to lab functions from each operatory is an important functional requirement. The design capitalizes on the second-story corner location by using glass to blast daylight into the circulation paths and all the interior treatment rooms as well. From anywhere within the clinic, the views to the outside and the natural light throughout create an uplifting feeling.