Swiss Dental Spa brings lounge to life with green wall
Swiss Dental Spa in De Bilt has developed a concept that not only makes treatment more comfortable and approachable, but where the complete spa feeling can also be given. An important part of this experience is a living green wall by Mobilane.
An oasis of calm with a green wall
Sima Bleij and Steven Lim, owners of Swiss Dental Spa, had an ideal image in her mind of what the oral cleaning practice should look like. “We wanted to create a homely atmosphere, with a kind of spa feel. We don’t have magazines lying around but offer ‘The Book of Rituals’ instead, which is entirely dedicated to the philosophy of ‘The Art of Soulful Living’. Each chapter focuses on a different theme in the compass: from Authenticity and Kindness to Joy, Passion, Love and much more. We want people to take a break from things they don’t really need. So they actually can be thoughtless for a while and become aware of their surroundings.” Says Bleij.
With the LivePanel indoor green wall, Swiss Dental Spa has brought nature indoors. “We spend much of our lives indoors. The greenery calms people down, and subconsciously the wall thereby also helps reduce any fear people might have of the dental hygienist.”
Bringing nature indoors with biophillic design
“The look of the wall is very warm and it brings the space to life,” says Bleij. “We live in our heads most of the time. And when we do get outside we are in a hurry and take nature for granted. By just sitting down and looking at the plant wall, you automatically ask yourself ‘why do I barely notice the nature around me?’ We are now bringing nature indoor with a living green wall. The wall never gets boring. I can become thoughtlessly absorbed in it during lunch and then suddenly realise I see a new pattern.”
Visitors are curious and interested when they enter the Spa lounge and see the green wall with plants. “Everyone thinks the plants are fake at first. They all want to feel them. The indoor living wall remains so very beautiful and lively! People also sometimes compliment the fragrance. There is an earthy and natural scent coming from it.”
Oral hygienist as a wellness experience
Bleij and Lim wanted to create a place where they could make people feel better. The team took over an old existing practice and wanted to turn it into something completely different. Bleij explains: “We work with a new device that cleans the mouth effectively without over-treating, which can sometimes affect the gums. So there is no pain, annoying vibrating sounds or ice-cold water. This way, going to the dental hygienist becomes a wellness experience. Appearances are important to people, we go to the hairdresser, beautician or skin therapist to keep looking radiant. We exercise and eat healthy so why not visit the dental hygienist every three months? This way you can maintain your oral health. We wanted to create that complete experience, which included bringing nature indoor with a living green wall.”
Professional advice from an official Mobilane dealer
Official Mobilane dealer Mekelenkamp has installed the LivePanel Indoor at Swiss Dental Spa. Bleij says: “I was well informed and got quick answers to my questions. I wanted a wall where I didn’t have to do too much maintenance myself and Mobilane’s system matched these wishes perfectly. Because there is not a lot of daylight coming in, we were also advised to place special lamps to keep the wall in optimal condition. I am really glad we did that because now I can also see new baby plants coming through. And that, to my opinion, really is the ultimate sign of a healthy, natural plant wall.”