Brasilia – The world’s longest gold rush took place in what is now Minas Gerais, a Brazilian province whose present-day name literally means ‘General Mines.’ Today, another province is giving mineiros a run for their metal: in the country’s capital, it's safe to say a dentist’s clinic has gone all Au-t.
Aptly called L’Or, the dental dispensary afforded Um a Um Arquitetura a chance to explore what luxury meant to them. ‘We reinterpreted this concept as the opportunity to use one’s busy time for art contemplation, socialization and other matters that have turned into luxuries in our everyday life,’ said architect Eduardo Sáinz. So, they decided to turn one of everyday life’s most dull errands – the dentist’s appointment – into a moment of visual respite.
This is a design choice we’ve seen before from the likes of Studio Karhard and Masquespacio – we’re beginning to think the dentist’s office is the new café in terms of casual Instagrammability. But instead of the maximalist hue-and-saturation approach in those projects, Um a Um went for a minimalist spin on traditional elegance. ‘That’s because the meaning of beauty is relative, and to us beauty is related to the quality of a material – thus, gold,’ Um a Um’s Lilian Glayna said. That explains the strategic use of metal and concrete in the reception lounge and the small lavatory.