Dr. Boardman liked her shoes, so she asked Antje Steinmuller, a principal at the Berkeley architectural and urban design firm Studio Urbis, if she had ever designed a dental office before. She hadn’t. “Good,” said Rebecca. “Will you design mine? I don’t want it to look like a dental office.”
Antje had a blank canvas to work with: a ground-floor unit in a new California Street building still under construction. The deck became the design focus, informing color and material choices, like sustainable bamboo flooring to accent the living bamboo outside, creating environments that extend fluidly into one another. Glass walls were chosen to bring as much natural light into the space as possible.The deck is home to young fruit trees (Meyer lemon, Moro blood orange and Black Mission fig) and an ever-growing assortment of drought-friendly succulents, with a few carnivorous plants thrown in for interest. It’s a tranquil spot to spend a few minutes before an appointment.
The office is featured, with design notes, on the Studio Urbis website.