17. Mai 2019
A mobile dental unit showcase the international architecture and urban design practice’s conceptual skills of Montalba Architects
Montalba Architects, founded by Swiss-American architect David Montalba, FAIA, SIA, may be best known for its striking, yet serenely modern commissions by discerning residential clients and luxury brands, such as fashion labels The Row and Monique Lhuillier, as well as global hospitality and restaurant collection, Nobu. But the firm, with studios in Los Angeles, California, and Lausanne, Switzerland, has also established itself through scaled-down, future-facing, and conceptual work.
“Small structures and compact spaces present an unparalleled opportunity to exquisitely, and rigorously, realize the interplay between form and substance, and intersect architecture with art,” notes Montalba. Since its founding in 2004, Montalba Architects has garnered more than 80 national and international awards, including nearly 30 from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and accolades from World Interiors News (WIN), International Design Award and World Architecture Festival, among others.
The firm’s most recent, small-scale conceptual projects include: Studio Dental MDU. This groundbreaking, multi-award winning commission for San Francisco-based Studio Dental transformed the dental experience by bringing services directly to patients. As efficiently designed as it is flawlessly detailed, the 21-square meter (230-square feet) mobile dental unit routinely travels to technology and corporate campuses around the San Francisco Bay Area, including Silicon Valley.
Nuno Ravara, Director + Principal, at Montalba Architects’ Lausanne studio, where recently-completed Swiss projects include the headquarters for Groupe Delarive SA and eco-luxury resort, the Whitepod Hotel, says, “Our projects reframe the human experience of space and provoke fresh thinking on context, materiality, and sustainability.”
Images: Mitch Tobias