Paws up for these three thoughtfully designed animal clinics. A warm Brooklyn outpost, minimalist Los Angeles clinic designed with transparency in mind, and an unconventional Hangzhou, China pet grooming experience prove there are many ways of thinking about where our furry friends receive care.
For New York-based Bond Vet‘s first outpost in Brooklyn, local practice Islyn Studio took cues from German industrial designer Dieter Rams as well as the Danish philosophy of hygge. In addition to technical touches like scuff-proof wall paint and resilient flooring, details like leather and lightly stained oak span the interiors alongside pastel blue and coral tones whose soft qualities have been shown to positively impact cats and dogs. “It’s a place where you feel calm, safe, and cared for in a space that makes you smile,” says Ashley Wilkins, Islyn Studio founder and creative director.
Envisioned by multidisciplinary firm Design, Bitches, the flagship for Modern Animal, a membership-based vet clinic located in Los Angeles, was designed with transparency in mind. Visitors are able to see from the street directly through to the treatment areas. Plus, the typical division between front reception areas and the back of house zone was forgone thanks to materiality selections, spacial adjacencies, and the incorporation of natural light. “The scale and proportion of the spaces has been designed with thoughtful attention to reducing discomfort and encouraging conviviality,” says Design, Bitches cofounder Rebecca Rudolph. “The material palette has been carefully selected to be durable, cleanable, highly functional, and beautiful for the intense and personal use of the Modern Animal space.”
The pet grooming experience is anything but conventional at Nova Pets in Hangzhou, China. Spread across more than 4,800 square feet, the contemporary facility encompasses a salon, pet playground, and a clean-lined paddling pool. For the interior, locally based Say Architects opted for a palette dominated by yellow, black, white, gray, and blue, “since these are the main colors that a dog can see in their daily doggy life,” explains cofounder Yan Zhang. The space also features two sunken voids that flank an elevated walkway, creating more room for pets and owners to enjoy the environment.