Monasteries and Donald Judd Sculptures Inspire Swiss Skin-Care Clinic by Ralph Germann Architectes

PROJECT NAME Entourage Medical Esthetic Solutions
LOCATION Lausanne
FIRM Ralph Germann Architectes
SQ. FT. 3,200 SQF

Zen-like calm without the Zen Lite tropes. “No bamboo, pebbles, or Buddhas,” Ralph Germann says of Entourage Medical Esthetic Solutions, a cosmetic skin-care clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland. The challenge in achieving that ambience, however, was the dark ground-level location of the 3,200-square-foot space.


To compensate for the scarcity of sunshine, Ralph Germann Architectes instituted a materials palette inspired by the minimalism of Cistercian monasteries and Donald Judd sculptures. There’s oiled oak overhead, linoleum for flooring, and corrugated aluminum giving way to dove-gray paint on the walls. Edges are defined by LED-lined coves for a look as radiant as skin after a facial.








Photography: Lionel Henriod.


> See more from the March 2016 issue of Interior Design

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