The Home Front: the design adapts to the special space for pets

The Squamish Veterinary Clinic presents a minimalist and relaxing interior with materials that do not harm animals

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Taking your pet to the vet can be stressful for you and your animal, so what can be done with good design to help keep everyone comfortable while also functioning as an animal hospital? This was the thought that entered the new Sea to Sky Veterinary Clinic inside, says senior interior designer on the project Josianne Berube. At that time, Berube was with AKA architecture and design and now he’s with STARK architecture.

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A sense of calm was achieved through the use of a light, minimalist color palette (bleached wood, cool white, teal and grays) and wide-open windows, says Berube.

“You don’t want to use bright, saturated colors, but something that isn’t too overtly stimulating,” she says.

Berube says veterinarian and clinic owner Fraser Davidson was excellent at giving the team clear instructions on how he wanted the space to function.

Designer Josianne Berube says veterinarian and clinic owner Fraser Davidson gave the design team clear instructions on how she wanted the clinic space to function.
Designer Josianne Berube says veterinarian and clinic owner Fraser Davidson gave the design team clear instructions on how she wanted the clinic space to function. Photo by Tina Kurlic /PNG

“He wrote what his needs were, how the animals would be moved from the kennels to the exam room, to the surgery, and he was very specific. He figured out how he wanted the clinic to work for him and translated it for us,” explains Berube.

The look of a space is always the most important thing, says Berube, but when designing something like a hospital or clinic, function is very important.

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The clinic was to include a dental clinic, X-ray room and surgery room, and properly functioning mechanical and electrical systems for surgery.

Because it is a veterinary clinic, they chose very resistant materials, says Berube.

“We use a special floor in the reception area that is highly resistant to clawing and wiping, a high-impact plastic laminate for the reception desk and the walls in the front and back of the clinic, and temperature-controlled LED lighting. proper color to make sure it was efficient. ,” she says.

A minimalist color palette adds to the sense of calm.
A minimalist color palette adds to the sense of calm. Photo by Tina Kurlic /PNG

They were amused by the oversized graphic animal images used at the reception that often draw the attention of passersby, says Berube, including dogs.

“We went with black-and-white images that are very visible from the street, so people think, ‘oh, that’s a vet clinic, let’s see,’” she says.

Berube has lived in Squamish for 15 years and says development there isn’t slowing down. Although, of course, the area has changed significantly during that time, but she loves it.

STARK is busy designing projects (focusing on highly efficient custom homes) in other small towns in British Columbia: “Revelstoke is very busy. Pemberton too”, adds Berube.

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