The Brazilian architecture studio delivered a dental company HQ defined by warm tones and clean lines
In a warehouse in the western São Paulo district of Pinheiros, a contemporary and colourful HQ has been created for SouSmile, a Brazilian startup which develops products and technologies for dental health.
Designed by SuperLimão – an architecture studio based locally which is also responsible for the Google São Paulo campus – the project feels more like a trendy co-working space than a dentist’s office. Warm, millennial pink-painted metal elements are set against crisp white walls, concrete floors and shimmering polycarbonate screens. Pendant LED lights hang from the ceiling and plants are dotted around the space.
Functionally, the project comprises an open-plan office area – with meeting and breakout spaces – as well as a kitchen and ‘living area’, a clinical room and a manufacturing area.
The warehouse space gives the office high ceilings and an industrial aesthetic. Natural light pours in from skylights in the roof. SuperLimão’s architectural interventions in the space create a mezzanine level accessed by a pink metal staircase.
The ‘living area’ is characterised by stepped, wooden, in-built seating, painted blue and decorated with yellow and orange cushions. A retro-style phone booth for private calls and virtual meetings is also painted blue; inside, a small desk is accompanied by angular MDF insertions bringing an architectural spirit to the tiny space.
The project brings playfulness and warmth to what might otherwise be a cold, industrial space and a clinical business. It’s almost enough to make you want to go to the dentist.
All photographs by Maira Acayaba