Charleston ENT West Ashley Clinic Charleston, SC
Winner of The City of Charleston Award for Design Excellence 2013
Collaboration with Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects and Trident Construction
This 27,000 square foot new construction medical office building is the latest of seven Charleston ENT Clinics. A pointillist mosaic of the client’s “Stuffy” caricature logo greets patients as they enter. A long, undulating wall continues materials and design from the exterior architecture. The client tasked us with creating the feel of smaller, warm and welcoming spaces within a large, open public area, so a bending plane of wood panels (hickory, poplar and white oak harvested from trees cleared from the site), soft large scale drum pendant lighting and a translucent wall of water work to define three different zones for check-in and waiting, decreasing noise levels as patients proceed further into the building.
Charleston ENT wanted to create a welcoming space for its many child patients. The children’s waiting areas evoke Where the Wild Things Are with full-scale tree cut-outs, (ears and noses hang from the branches instead of Maurice Sendak’s cuddly monsters) and a draping canvas ceiling with striped tent walls and multiple large scale lanterns create Max’s tent.
While the budget was modest, the client, having opened multiple offices in the region, understood the value of paying for quality, durable materials at the onset -- solid surface countertops, carpet tile, luxury plank vinyl and commercial grade furniture and upholstery.
The business administrative offices are on the second floor and the client wanted to make sure these employees had an optimal work experience. Every office space has natural light and operable windows. Furnishings were selected based on ergonomics, efficiency and durability while being true to the aesthetics of the building.
Photography by Bob Mikrut