Interior project for a chiropractic clinic and art gallery
Client: Dr. Kari Boudreau
Size: 330 m2
A second project for a creative client, Dr. Kari Boudreau, this renovation of an existing warehouse space focuses on creating a flexible corporeal environment consistent with our clients vision, ‘bridging body and mind’. What we share with our clients sometimes is the best point of departure. We have been advocating a total and integral environment for both physical and mental wellbeing. In other words, a healthy environment must work on all levels.
Like the last time Dr. Boudreau also desired integration of art and design into the space. The project functions as both chiropractic clinic and an art gallery.
We define integral design as design that addresses body and mind simultaneously. Beauty is not a frivolous phenomenon; an environment either possesses a coherent aesthetic or is simply irrelevant.
Unlike our last interior project with Dr. Boudreau however the existing building this time had a very strong character. Almost three times as large as the last space we knew from the beginning that we have a luxury we had to preserve. The space itself, the vast open space, became the main driving force behind most of our decisions. Private rooms took the peripheral space further defining the large space which could then be used for public gatherings. The five treatment rooms are all made as convertible rooms. Rigged up against the ceiling these rooms can be hoisted up to open the large room for events. At up position these rooms act more like large fixtures setting stage for social interaction.
There is a visceral atmosphere that is the outcome of a dialogue between these stretched fabric rooms, ephemeral and light, and the large open space with its more permanent material composition. Further the ‘boomerang doors’ separating the massage rooms from the major space are made by molding series of ribs in skin like translucent material. This adds to the mystery of what happens beyond them while contributing to the overall idea. This environment then is as engaging for the eyes and mind as it is for the sense of touch. Touch is perhaps the most important sense in the healing in relation to the art of chiropractic.