HUNTINGTON PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICS
Free lollipops and a treasure chest of toy trinkets are not enough to make your kids want to go to the dentist. That understanding led Dr. Pat Martin to challenge our designers to craft a heavily-themed, fantastical experience from the parking lot to the check-out desk of their new pediatric dental clinic.
Children have their own fairytale entrance at the front door and can play on the lobby slides or spend their time at the group video gaming station, where a clumsy elephant friend is crashing through the wall. Secondary waiting areas between the cleaning and exam rooms provide more opportunities with hand-held Nintendos on a jungle bench.
Once with the dental staff, patients can dial up their favorite animated movie and watch on a private screen in the ceiling perfectly placed above their exam chair. Business is thriving and kids leave Dr. Martin’s office happy and with the brightest smiles you’ve ever seen!
CABIN CREEK HEALTH SYSTEMS
When the Sissonville location of the Cabin Creek Health Systems was destroyed by a fire and their temporary operations were twice halted due to flooding, it was clear that the design of a new facility should address the notion of RESILIENCY – the ultimate metric in the consideration of a sustainable project. Following the staff’s commitment to continued service of their patients, the new facility is equipped to operate temporarily “off the grid” if required due to natural or man-made disasters.
More traditional measures of environmental sensitivity and sustainability are incorporated into the design, including strategic introduction of daylighting to the interior public and treatment spaces, use of energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and extensive use of recycled and recyclable materials. Health and wellness education, distance learning, and telemedicine capabilities are provided in the community space, preparing patients for a more resilient lifestyle.
T-CENTER ADDICTION TREATMENT FACILITY
Silling Architects was approached to develop a schematic proposal for a new substance abuse treatment center that would address the process of healing and eventual freedom from addiction. The vision is cast through a strong desire to make this place very special to and about West Virginia.
The process of recovery rests at the transition between acceptance and freedom, and the architecture captures this process in an abstraction of site and building. A private procession into a very sheltered place marks the individual’s transition from substance abuse to wellness. An entry bridge into the Recovery Center mirrors the individual’s decision to enter into the process of recovery. The building is comprised of a core structure of public program and two private housing wings embracing an open garden.
AIAWV Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture