Eastend Dental Surgery was originally established in 2010 at the Eastend Medical Centre on the corner of George Silundika Avenue and Fifth Street in the heart of the City. While the city centre branch continues to be operational they have recently opened a brand new branch within the complex of businesses at 37 Victoria Drive in Newlands. The modern new surgery is run under the auspices of Dr M. Masunda. Dr Masunda has been practicing dentistry for the past 12 years, having received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree at the University of Zimbabwe and a Post Graduate course in oral Implantology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
The Eastend Dental Surgery is located at the front of the Victoria Drive complex, on the right hand side, with a small covered verandah in front and a courtyard behind the reception area. The location of the Newlands surgery offers patients more convenience, safe parking and the option to avoid the hassles of the City. The premises were previously a single, large, open plan office with few redeeming features in terms of décor or interior design. From this blank slate Gerald Masvosve, and the team from Troika Design Workshop, have successfully created a stylish and functional, ultra-modern dental practice.
The practice consists of the reception area and admin office at the front with the rest of the practice concealed behind frosted glass doors. The reception area is dominated by an elegant turquoise blue-green feature wall with a series of graphics set on clear, raised, Perspex panels. The vibrant colour is relaxing while at the same time creating a clean, sophisticated ambiance. The simple, sleek reception desk – designed by Troika in a combination of plain white and wood grain finishes – was custom made by L.G. Shopfitters who also supplied the matching credenza and storage cabinets. Two grey sofas, two single chairs and a coffee table create a comfortable, contemporary waiting space.
The rest of the reception and waiting area is mostly pristine white, with large white ceramic floor tiles and floor to ceiling white blinds on the windows, partially concealing the courtyard. (The blinds were supplied and installed by Creative Systems.) A bulkhead over the reception desk and a delightful, quirky pendant light, defines the area and adds interest to an otherwise simple, uncluttered space. The overall effect is designed to make even the most anxious patients feel comfortable, calm and more relaxed.
Through the frosted glass doors from the reception are two adjoining treatment rooms separated by frosted glass panels. The treatment rooms don’t have doors to close up the space – just wide openings to the linking passage. This makes the rooms feel larger and more generous so there’s no sense of closed off confinement for patients. The treatment rooms are again mostly simple, uncluttered white for the floors, walls and ceilings, with pops of bright colours in the upholstery of the dentist’s chairs and visitors’ chairs. A plaster board panel, which partially separates the two rooms from the passageway, has a vibrant and colourful vinyl mural designed to resemble the upper and lower teeth in a fun, abstract pattern. Across the passage frosted glass partitions have an abstract design of a tooth!
The back section also has a sterilisation area and the ablutions. There’s a private consulting room where the doctor and patient can relax in comfort to talk about treatment options. The consultation room is brightened up by pops of grey and orange in the furniture. Next door to the consulting room is Dr Masunda’s private office.
Gerald Masvosve and his team spent about a month working on the concepts and designs and then project managed the installation and the finer details of the décor. The installation took around two months with TDW working closely with Tapiwa Gwiriri who did the ceilings, dry walls, partitions and floor tiling, while L. G. Shopfitters created the reception desk, cabinets and other details. The extensive use of pot plants throughout the rooms help to give a fresh appeal and soften some of the bright white walls.
Troika Design Workshop is a collaborative design and construction consultancy offering architectural services, structural engineering, project management, quantity surveying, interior design and related services. They have vast experience in projects for both private homes and upmarket residential clusters as well commercial and retail developments, projects in the hospitality industry and interior design.
Troika Design Workshop is situated at 9 Maiden Drive, Newlands.
Call: +263 8677 008 490
Eastend Dental Surgery is situated at 37 Victoria Drive, Newlands.
Call: 0242700581 or 0779181593
-text by Michael Nott
-photos by Structure and Design