Project team:

Client: Vivify

Interior design and lighting concept: BllendDesign & Research Office, Helen Brasinika & Associates

Products applied:

I-LED, Linea Light Group, Bright

20. Sep 2016

The Voronoi Clinic in Athens/GR

Text: Helen Brasinika, Jo-Eike Vormittag, Joachim Ritter

Photos: George Fakaros Architectural Photography

Every part of the body is composed of various types of cells and they have a special relationship to light. They emit light. In some cases very low levels of light, but it helps them to communicate with one another, to gain and pass on essential information and to control biological processes. In the Voronoi Clinic in Athens/GR, the interior design is a creative expression of this very aspect.

People who are concerned about ageing tend to first reach for the anti-wrinkle cream – or add yet another layer of make-up. In truth, ageing affects our entire body. Our cells, and we have trillions of them, organised into different tissues that make up organs, age naturally with time. Cellular structures formed the basis for the design of a cosmetic dermatology practice in Athens/GR. In response to the client’s brief to create spaces in his cosmetic dermatology practice that would promote the scientific aspect of well-being while avoiding the typical dominant features of clinical environments, the designers applied the principle of Voronoi diagrams, which is why the practice today is known as the Voronoi Clinic.

The Voronoi Clinic represents a new brand in the field of cosmetic dermatology. The first Voronoi Clinic is located in the heart of Athens, near Syntagma Square in an iconic building that dates back to the 1960’s. The creative challenge was to develop a powerful clinical identity that could be easily adapted to different scales, layouts and vicinities. The clinic described in this article has a surface area of only 50 square metres, which posed an additional challenge when designing an interior that would facilitate daily routines and workflow, meet the practice owners’ expectations, and maximise the satisfaction of the end-user.

Moreover, the brand was to establish a strong presence in the medical community without reiterating standard lighting design solutions typical of the clinic environment, especially in the Greek context. The design concept began with the human cell as a point of reference, whereby the main inspiration when it came to implying cellular structure and reconstruction from a cosmetic dermatology point of view came from Voronoi diagrams, a mathematical way of dividing space into a number of regions called Voronoi cells. […]

The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 102

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