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A medical practice designed to favour warmth over austerity

Rezen Studio utilises a soft, warm and balanced material palette in New Me, an unconventional medical centre in Booragoon, Perth.

A medical practice designed to favour warmth over austerity

Avoiding the cold and clinical design style typically associated with medical environments, New Me medical centre is a consultancy for a bariatric surgeon that favours warmth through touches of colour and joy.

The brief for the Perth clinic was to create a calm and supportive environment, says Rezen’s director of interiors, Zenifa Bowring.

“The client wanted to bring a soft and casual feeling to the space to differentiate it from your average medical suite and link with the business’ graphic branding approach,” says Bowring.

“The result is a set of spaces that feel playful and welcoming while having an overarching sense of privacy, warmth and safety.”

The reception desk in New Me medical centre by Rezen Studio

The reception area acts as the central hub of the project, with consultation rooms bordering its perimeter. A custom-cast bespoke cement reception desk features an accordion-like zigzagged edge, referencing the pointy-edged New Me logo. The reception is private and light-hearted, creating a non-intimidating entrance for visitors.

“All our design choices were made to support a calm environment,” says Bowring. “Not your average medical suite, we had to be considerate of the transformative journey of people going through bariatric surgery.”

A close up of the accordion-like cement reception desk in New Me medical centre by Rezen Studio

Playful and confident use of colour dilutes the otherwise soft and warm beige palette. From the Fibonacci terrazzo and the dusty pink grout in the gridded cream tiles of the tea area, to the pastel yellow and pink doors, each dash of colour allows New Me to feel more welcoming than a standard clinical medical centre. Unique considerations specific to the centre’s purpose feature, such as a photo booth that allows patients to document their journey.

A grid of cream tiles with dusty pink grouting behind the apricot terrazzo bench in the tea area of New Me medical centre by Rezen Studio.

Despite the colourful and joyful palette, the design is still mature and considered. Cork flooring was chosen for its environmental credentials, while most of the products were locally sourced and the furniture and fittings were built for longevity, with sculptural seating and Australian-made furniture features from Jardan and Design By Them a testament to the project’s calibre.

As a whole, New Me is a space that encourages people to feel relaxed in a design sphere where clinical impassivity is often embraced.

“In a simple sense we try to design spaces that allow people to connect with the better parts of themselves and others. This is especially critical in this instance where communication around people’s health and well-being is at the forefront,” says Bowring.

“The design of New Me hopefully embodies this approach through a series of spaces which are comforting and supportive to people who may be feeling vulnerable or uncertain.”

A sculptural bench seat with black and white terrazzo legs in New Me medical centre by Rezen Studio.

Rezen Studio is an award-winning boutique architecture and design practice based in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Rezen Studio

Jack Lovel

Amy Collins-Walker

A small pot plant and a sculptural beige vase sit on a bench next to a white curtain in New Me medical centre by Rezen Studio. A beige medical bed under the words 'Be the real you. For you' in New Me medical centre by Rezen Studio. Cream tiles with dusty pink grout cover one wall that has a sign pointing to the photo booth on it in New Me medical centre by Rezen Studio.


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Products Used In This Project

Manual Vertical Blinds in Polyester Woven Fabric Veri Shades
Otto Robe Hook in Semi-Gloss White, Eden Square Kitchen Mixer Tapware in White Abi Interiors
Cork Floor Tile in Calais Cream The Flooring Co
Cone Hook Linear Standard
Mini Glo-Ball Wall Lamp Flos
Recessed Handle, Boston Oval Flush Pull Door and Cabinet Hardware
Assa Abloy Robert Watson series Roseless Door Furniture in White Satin Lockwood
Assemblages Leather Shelf Single in Plywood with White Leather Lightly
Lustrell Ranger Fabric in Nougat Warwick
Wall and Door Paint Dulux
Limewash Paint Bauwerk
Custom-cast Concrete Reception Desk Tech Stone

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