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Is This the World's Most Assertively Minimalist Dental Office?

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There's something to be said for medical facilities that have a clean, sterile look to them, but the forward, mod space architect Hironaka Ogawa designed for a dental clinic in Gunma, Japan, pole-vaults over the designation "clean" and into the realm of "indicative of a dystopian sci-fi film." The pristine white walls, coupled with the torture chamber devices one would expect to find in a dental clinic, make the space, described by Dezeen as an "uncompromising grid" of 55 squares, look kind of like it was plucked out of Gattaca or maybe even One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Still, the architect touts the versatility of the design: "One can experience diverse feelings in each and every space because of the dissimilarities in each cell's heights, natural lighting and volume," Ogawa says.

Another unusual, high-design-y space? How about the super stylish pharmacy in Portugal?

· Chiyodanomori Dental Clinic by Hironaka Ogawa [Dezeen]