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. Antje hadn’t. “Good,” said Rebecca. “Will you design mine? I don’t want it to look like a dental office.” It was as simple as that.

Antje had a blank canvas to work with, a new California Street building still under construction. The deck was already in place at the ground floor Boardman suite, but not much else. That deck became the design focus, informing color and material choices, such as sustainable bamboo flooring to accent the living bamboo outside, creating an environment in which spaces extend fluidly into one another. Glass walls were chosen to bring natural light into the entire space.

The deck is currently home to young fruit trees (lemon, blood orange and fig) and an ever-increasing display of drought-friendly succulents. It’s a peaceful, relaxing spot to spend a few minutes before an appointment.

The office is featured, with design notes, on Studio Urbis’s website. Burkhart Dental Supply also flattered us with an article in their Catalyst magazine shortly after our 2014 move to the new location.