A trip to the doctor’s office often summons a waiting room cluttered with chairs, a reception desk screened off by a Plexiglas sheet, over-lit exam rooms, and vinyl surfaces galore. Using its experience designing retail and hospitality spaces, Alda Ly Architecture (ALA), an architecture and interior design practice in New York, has done away with this trope: It designs clinics that are hospitable, not hospital. The firm recently completed two interiors in Soho and Williamsburg for Tia, a health center providing gynecology, primary care, mental health, and wellness services for women and women-identifying individuals.
ALA began working with Tia in 2021, and the firm
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