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A Gentler Dentist's Office

Perhaps the ALFA Dental Office in central Japan finally took the hint: No one likes going to the dentist. The office seeks to minimize the trauma of the bi-yearly trip to the tooth doctor. Built in 2008 by architects FLOW Takashi Satoh, the minimalist space uses a simple, outdoor courtyard to soothe patients' anxieties.