Hills Design Studio Brightens a Moscow Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic with Sunny Accents

If all you had to go by were photos, you might not realize that the Clear View Clinic is set inside an early 19th-century mansion in the historic center of Moscow. The bright modern interiors of the 5,167-square-foot, three-story pediatric ophthalmology clinic, designed by Hills Design Studio, are practically devoid of any obvious clues to its past.

Yellow is the signature color of the medical clinic and has been used throughout. Expanses of white and the reflected lighting creates a feeling of lightness. Photography courtesy of Hills Design Studio.

Tasked with opening up what had been a series of small rooms, the firm created entirely new spaces that are intentionally sunny and serene. White walls and marble-finish porcelain tile floors are punctuated with bright yellow accents offset by wood and brass details. Arches and circular forms are used to soften the spaces and “restore the dialogue of the historic building with its interiors,” notes architect Levan Davlianidze in reference to details lost during a ‘90s renovation.

The highlight, however, is the welcoming reception area, where an oversized eye-shaped mirror behind the desk greets patients with a not-so-subtle nod to the business at hand.

Arches and circular forms are used to soften the spaces. Photography courtesy of Hills Design Studio.
An oversized eye-shaped mirror behind the reception desk welcomes patients. Photography courtesy of Hills Design Studio.
Brass wall sconces from Flos are placed around the reception area and reflected in the mirrors, giving the feeling of continuity. Photography courtesy of Hills Design Studio.
The first floor is home to the reception, waiting room, and a children’s waiting area which is separated from by translucent, yellow-tinted, full-height triplex glass panels. The administrative rooms, examination rooms, and a surgical suite are located upstairs. Photography courtesy of Hills Design Studio.
Formerly 19th-century mansion, the space has been totally transformed into a bright and welcoming modern clinic—the only ophthalmology clinic in Russia that specializes in children and adolescents. Photography courtesy of Hills Design Studio.
Marble-finish porcelain tiles, wood paneling, and brass accents provide a warm, organic touch. Photography courtesy of Hills Design Studio.

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