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Prebbleton Dental

A welcoming, modern space for patients

Full height reception area


Full height reception area

Redefining the dental experience

Ignite was engaged by Prebbleton Dental to design and construct a dental practice in Prebbleton, Canterbury. The primary goal was to create a modern and welcoming environment that also prioritised functionality and efficiency.

The facility comprises of a reception area, three surgery rooms, an x-ray room, a sterile room and hygiene lab, plant room, staff room, and clean, easily accessible restrooms.

To enhance both the aesthetics and practicality of the facility, the team incorporated customised joinery throughout.

Use of natural materials and colours


Use of natural materials and colours

Prebbleton, Christchurch
January 2023


surgery rooms

Natural light floods in


Natural light floods in


The team oversaw the entire project, starting from the initial concept and culminating in its successful construction. The team were pleased with the design achievements and the valuable insights gained throughout this project.

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The design challenge revolved around a long and narrow interior space, which lacked ample natural light and consisted of various distinct areas. Additionally, managing acoustics between the surgery rooms was a challenge. To counter these challenges, the team made use of the full height of the reception area to craft a bright and airy reception and waiting space.

Recognising the typical anxiety associated with dental waiting rooms, the goal was to instil a sense of calmness. To achieve this, inspiration was drawn from Japanese, Zen, and bathhouse aesthetics, employing natural materials and colours to create a serene and organic environment.

Materials like timber, were used to create shelving and a striking feature ceiling in the reception area, in addition to forming cupboards in various other sections of the space. For the reception desk, bathrooms, and splashbacks throughout the practice, an array of tiles, both textured and non-textured, were selected to add a stylish and functional touch. The reception desk was constructed with a bespoke, powder-coated steel material, giving it a unique and durable aesthetic. To provide a blend of comfort and practicality, the flooring in the dental practice comprises a combination of vinyl and carpet, ensuring a pleasant and functional environment for both patients and staff.


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