Embryo Clinic is a hi-tech IVF Unit based in Thessaloniki, Greece, a new extension added to 160 sqm of preexisting offices and exam rooms in a gynecology clinic. We were asked to design a space that would properly reflect the high-value, state of the art nature of the expertise and technology employed inside the—usually out of sight—laboratories, projecting an appropriately matching sense of reassurance and professionalism throughout. By making use of bright white, polished materials we decided to promote a minimally subtle aesthetic, to design a pure, unique and pristine environment for the visitors and staff.
Throughout the reception and visiting areas, the white spaces shift the attention towards the visiting couples, providing an ideal backdrop, whereas the curved lines enhance the sense of fluidity during an otherwise rigorous multi-step process. By taking into consideration the behavioral and psychological aspects of the patients, the materials employed, as well as the design principles, change in order to adapt to each specific need and respective mood. This becomes instantly apparent in the recovery room, where smoother, more tactile materials are used in combination with warmer colors to assist the swift physical and emotional recovery of the patient, while any hospital references are dialed down to a minimum. Similarly the sperm collection room, is designed as a surprisingly calm sanctuary, with its dark colors in sharp contrast with the rest of the clinical areas. The visitor here feels completely isolated from outside distractions, while every minute detail has been carefully integrated into the design in order to assure a dignified and private session.
The operating theatre and laboratories are constructed with Corian walls and ceilings so as to conform to a cleanroom’s high standards, providing a no-maintenance, high quality environment.