The Apple Tree: Designing a Playful Pediatrician’s Office

Designed by the acclaimed studio studiomateriality, the captivating “Apple Tree” project in Athens, Greece, transforms a standard pediatrician’s office into a vibrant, playful oasis. Embracing a bold, Memphis-inspired aesthetic, this office space bursts with color and imaginative design elements, creating a stress-free, interactive environment for young patients and their parents alike.

An interior with vibrant blue and yellow walls, circular mirrors, and textured wood flooring.
Vibrant blue and yellow color scheme, playful interior design with a wooden floor.
A bright, colorful play room with a climbing wall, ropes, and a pink rocking horse.
Vibrant yellow room with whimsical climbing equipment, geometric shapes, and textured surfaces.
A bright yellow door contrasts with the blue arched doorway, showcasing a modern interior.
Modern workspace with vibrant colors, clean lines, and functional furniture.
Vibrant, geometric patterns adorn the walls, with contrasting colors and bold shapes creating a dynamic, modern space.
Pink walls, colorful curtains, geometric art decor, and a simple white table and chair.
Vibrant blue walls, round window, and minimalist yellow lighting fixture create an architectural statement.

About The Apple Tree

Stepping into the “Apple Tree” project by studiomateriality, one is immediately struck by a bold and captivating design that defies the conventional pediatric office. Located in Athens, Greece, this 2020 office space renovation has been transformed into a dynamic, color-drenched environment that invites young patients and their families to embrace a joyful, stress-free experience.

Embracing the Apple’s Spirit

The design concept revolves around the playful notion of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” manifested through a whimsical interpretation of the apple motif. The curved doorways and round windows create a sense of playfulness, contrasting the typical square layout and hinting at the surprises that await within.

A Kaleidoscope of Color and Interaction

Stepping inside, the space unfolds as a vibrant, interactive landscape. Vibrant yellow walls and floors create a warm, energetic foundation, while splashes of blue, red, and purple add dynamic accents. Oversized, geometric murals and sculptures, including a striking red lobster sculpture, invite young patients to engage with the space as protagonists in their own playful narrative.

Designing for Positive Engagement

The space is carefully curated to encourage active interaction, with elements like climbing walls, swing-like fixtures, and a dedicated play area. The design seamlessly integrates these dynamic features, ensuring that the pediatric visit becomes a tactile, positive experience for both children and their parents.

A Holistic Approach to Wellbeing

Beyond the vibrant aesthetic, the “Apple Tree” project reflects a thoughtful approach to pediatric care. The design not only addresses the functional needs of the space but also prioritizes the emotional and psychological wellbeing of its young visitors. By transforming a typical medical environment into a whimsical, engaging playground, studiomateriality has created a space that helps alleviate the stress and anxiety often associated with pediatric visits.

A Joyful Prescription for Wellness

The “Apple Tree” project exemplifies studiomateriality’s ability to blur the boundaries between work and play, crafting a design that celebrates the spirit of childhood while providing essential medical services. This innovative office space stands as a testament to the power of design to transform the pediatric experience, offering a joyful prescription for wellbeing that extends far beyond the traditional clinical setting.

Photography by Alina Lefa
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- by Matt Watts