Minami-Nagano Dental Clinic & Residence by Hiroki Tanabe

Located in the suburbs of Nagano Prefecture, surrounding by rice fields and orchards, young Japanese architect Hiroki Tanabe created this zigzag structure white building consist of a dental clinic and a dentist’s residence.

Require no columns and beams, both the exterior and interior are painted white, the three shells blend into the beautiful farm village landscape contrast the blue sky and green rice fields.

Architects: Atelier Hiroki Tanabe
Location: Nagano, Japan
Photography: Courtesy of Hiroki Tanabe

Inspiration from architect:

A concrete plate 300 millimeters thick forms zigzag structure, which makes up three shells and two open courtyards. As well as lying in alternate shifts, they face each other across the plate. Each shells has different functions inside, residence, clinic and waiting lounge. In each courtyard two glass boxes are set and used as pathways and entry halls between two adjacent shells.