The renovated paediatric clinic is located on the ground floor of a residential building in Kallithea. It occupies a double-height space with a mezzanine that was previously unused and served as a store. The outdated metal mezzanine floor, constructed with substandard materials, covered the entire space, creating a poorly lit and oppressive atmosphere.
The transformation of this space into a children’s clinic presented significant challenges due to our objective of maximizing natural light to create a serene and joyful environment. To achieve this, the existing metal mezzanine was replaced with a smaller one, opening up a double-height space towards the front glass façade ensuring ample illumination in the open area that encompasses the secretary’s desk and the waiting area. To separate the waiting area from the examination room, a wall with overhead wooden windows was constructed. These windows allow light to diffuse between the spaces, creating a sense of spaciousness and fluidity. Inside the examination room, a spacious workbench with ample storage was designed to meet the doctor’s needs.
Upstairs, the mezzanine was transformed into a separate and autonomous dwelling, featuring large wooden windows that “gaze” into the double-height space, ensuring abundant illumination.
Great care was taken in crafting the design of the children’s play area, which features a wooden-shaped tree that serves as an engaging focal point for kids. Complemented by seatings in vibrant colors and circular lighting fixtures, this arrangement creates an inviting and playful environment, effectively easing the anxiety often associated with doctor visits.
The clinic’s new metal facade was meticulously designed with the intention of evoking positive emotions in both children and passersby while serving the purpose of playfully conveying the function of the space as a pediatric clinic.