Japan   |  2019

The Panelarium

Entrant Company

KTX archiLAB


Interior Design

Client's Name

Matsubara Clinic



Only few doctors around the world are certified to operate the robotic surgeries using the da Vinci systems, Dr. Matsubara is one of the few. The international Award-Winning Urology surgeon is establishing his own new urology clinic in Himeji City. However, the Japanese Law forbid the doctors to use advertisement, it was then decided to use the space design as a message to reflect his advance. Using the power of Image rather than words. Space should reflect the state-of-art high-tech medical advance. The Planetarium design was inspired by the digital world. The binary system components 0 and 1 were interpolated in the white space and embodied by panels that jut out from the walls and ceiling. The floor follows also the same design aspect. The Panels although their random appearance is functionals, they become signs, chairs, counter tables, partitions, bookshelves, and even door handles. Yet, the most important function is the eye-blinders in the inner waiting room. Urology patients prefer to keep private when it comes to which kind of examination they are receiving, but the limited space does not allow to make isolated compartments, the panels are an alternative response securing minimum privacy for the patients, providing them with a safe feeling during their waiting time.


Head Architect Designer / KTX archiLAB
Tetsuya Matsumoto
Architect Designer / KTX archiLAB
Motoaki Takeuchi
Architect Designer / KTX archiLAB
Farid Ziani
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