As dazzling as a perfect smile, IWI Orthodontics makes a bold first impression, but its elegant beauty lingers on long after. Filling the fourth floor of an existing building in the heart of Tokyo’s hip Harajuku neighborhood, the clinic specializes in an implant orthodontia system patented by its head doctor. With the goal of creating an equally innovative office space, he hired the New York City—based firm Contemporary Architecture Practice (CAP). The result of their collaboration is a sleek interior that seamlessly merges cutting-edge medical technology with gracious Japanese hospitality.
As if greeting guests at a traditional inn, a staff member meets patients at the street and individually escorts them upstairs. The elevator opens directly onto the lounge, where patients sip beverages while waiting for their appointments. From there, a short corridor leads to the three private examination rooms and the office laptop bar, a tiny windowed nook where staff keep records and an eye on activity. It adjoins a sequestered support and sterilization area in back. Across the front of the clinic, the patient-occupied places segue onto a large, covered terrace. Contiguous with the ceiling inside, the steel canopy of the terrace edits the city view, but its floor-level grass planters reference the wooded shrine precinct across the street — visually extending the entire clinic and providing a peaceful distraction for patients while their dental hardware is adjusted.