Each year, the editors at Veterinary Economics get an up-close look at some of the best in veterinary hospital design. And each year, we’re amazed at the combination of beauty and functionality found in the Hospital Design Competition entries. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite features found in the reception areas of the 2011 entries.
Best Overall Reception Area
Cleveland Park Animal Hospital
We love the tall ceilings, rustic woodwork, and rich colors. And the stone wall behind the reception desk is gorgeous and provides a great spot for displaying the practice’s logo.
Best Reception Desk
North Fork Veterinary Clinic
The combination of wood and stone gives this reception desk a unique look, and the varying counter heights help show clients where to stand.
Best Modern Look
Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson
A sleek reception desk, cool colors, and contemporary signage give this reception area a stylish vibe.
Best Urban Look
Worth Street Veterinary Center
New York, NY
Exposed brick and industrial lighting make it clear that you’re in the heart of New York City. A smartly designed reception desk makes the most of a small space.
Best Rural Look
Osage Animal Hospital
Osage Beach, MO
The practice’s slogan reads, “Modern medicine, down-home care,” and the reception area certainly reflects that.
Rose-Rich Veterinary Clinic
From a hand-painted sky mural to Mexican Talavera tile accents to custom ironwork in the doors, there’s more than meets the eye in this reception area.
Best Use of Materials
Winslow Animal Hospital
A flooring pattern leads clients to the greeter’s station, where clients enjoy quartz countertops. A variety of lighting is used—both functional and decorative—and glass block windows provide visual pizzazz.
Best Use of Stone
Animal Medical Center of Forney
Metal leashes and energetic dogs pose no risk to the front of this reception desk, which is covered in Austin stone.
All Valley Animal Care Center
Wood trim surrounds this beautiful aquarium, which gives clients a welcome distraction while they wait.