The modern design of this drugstore by Taiwan studio Waterfrom incorporates greenery, glass shelves and copper details devised to fight the clinical status of pharmacies.
Molecure Pharmacy grants consumers a new thought of what a pharmacy design should be by destroying any preconceived concepts. Designed by Nic Lee, Richard Kup and Kate Change of Waterfrom Design, it opened in May 2017 in a 120 square meter space that is light and spacious, a hint that nature is the primary source for the synthesis of treating drugs.
“Just like Molecure is split and reorganised from the words ‘molecule’ and ‘cure’, while approaching the modern design we returned to the original purpose of the pharmacy – extracting molecules from nature to synthesise healing drugs,” said Waterfrom.
The landlord is a third generation pharmacist who aspired to inhale new life into his family’s business. The original design inspiration is the pharmacy’s name itself: “Molecure” is an amalgam of the words “molecular” and “cure,” both of which play a part in the modern design; the first, as the influence of the overall aesthetic – the spiraling, the spaciousness – and the second, as the wanted result of a client visit.
To additional variation the general pharmacy design and decoration, Waterfrom covered the store’s walls in cobblestones, to build a sharp texture, and placed a copper spiral staircase – combined as a reference to the corkscrew form of DNA’s composition – at the center of the space.
“It also brings the three-generation traditional pharmacy a totally different look, improves the value of Taiwan’s stagnant pharmacy industry, redefines the value of health and brings people who pay increasing attention to health a new space which integrates function, aesthetics and experimental spirit.”