How to design a pharmacy

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How to design a pharmacy
Pharmacy design needs to optimise storage space. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

As a commercial space, a pharmacy needs to be designed from the perspective of serving the practical function of the business, which is to dispense and sell pharmaceuticals. A pharmacy needs to have a sterile look and to optimise its space to provide maximum storage with shelving and dispensing units. A designer will need to make several design sketches to cover all the room angles of the pharmacy.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Industrial tape measure
  • Scrap paper
  • No.2 pencil
  • Ruler
  • Layout pad
  • Plastic letter stencil
  • Art marker pens or coloured pencils
  • Fine black drawing pen
  • Squared paper

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Instructions

    Front Shop Design

  1. 1

    Measure with an industrial tape measure the front facade of the building that is to be the pharmacy. Write down the measurements on a piece of scrap paper.

  2. 2

    Design the front facade, which is the shop window of the pharmacy. Draw the basic shape of the front of the building in your layout pad. (Ignore the existing design of the facade in order to explore how you want the shop front to look.)

  3. 3

    Design the pharmacy name sign and the pharmacy symbol logo. Draw the shape of the name sign that can be any shape you like but must be big enough for the letters to be prominent. Stencil on the letters for the pharmacy name in a font of your choice; it should be plain and bold to reflect the clinical face of the pharmaceutical industry. Purchase plastic letter stencils from an arts and crafts store or print stencils off the Internet.

  4. 4

    Design the shop door and focus on the window as being a welcoming display feature of the shop that will entice customers.

  5. 5

    Use art marker pens or coloured pencils to colour your pharmacy facade design. Go over the pencil line contours with a fine black drawing pen to add more definition.

  6. 6

    Make pencil notes beside the design to indicate the size dimensions of each design aspect and the design materials to be used, such as the type of brick, glass panes and metal or plastic for the pharmacy's signage.

    Interior Designs of the Pharmacy

  1. 1

    Measure the size dimensions inside the pharmacy. Draw a pencil diagram on squared paper of the store shape and note down the size dimensions. Make a layout plan for the pharmacy to organise the space into rooms or functional sections such as the front store, back store, staff toilet or any other designated areas. Divide the space by drawing straight lines to define walls and leave open gaps for doorways.

  2. 2

    Make a series of individual design sketches of features to be contained within the pharmacy, such as the service counter and pharmaceutical-dispensing units created for easy access. Design shelving units that provide optimal shelving storage within a limited space. Sketch these design features from all angles to gain a three-dimensional view of the designs.

  3. 3

    Draw a variety of perspective drawings. For instance, make a design drawing for each wall view of the pharmacy. Include all the specific design features positioned on the wall.

  4. 4

    Draw an overall room view of the pharmacy, such as the customer's view on entering the shop. A second room full view sketch should be made from the pharmacist's view of the pharmacy from his position behind the counter.

  5. 5

    Add colour to your designs to bring the pharmacy's colour scheme to life. Traditional colours tend to be green and white but it is your design so experiment with colour and tones to achieve the look that suits your pharmacy design. Include pencil notes about the dimensions of every aspect of your designs and what materials are to be used within the design. Consider the durability of the materials used so that they have a long life and will always maintain a clean and clinical look.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice drawing existing interiors from photographs to explore shapes, forms and room perspectives. Be creative and experimental in your design approach.Try making several design ideas to discover the design that is the most suitable for a pharmacy and the one you like the best. Work large and make the design fill the page so that every design detail is clearly emphasised.

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