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One word can take on a multitude of meanings from one minute to the next.  With Beehive, I was drawn to a few different meanings which I have incorporated into my spaces.
To use the word literally, I think of an actual man-made beehive with a frame and multiple draws that pull out of the structure for my first space.  I took this concept and expanded it into making modular units of rectangular form and sliding glass walls to help break up the space in the room.  Each modular unit has multiple compartments, some open; some in drawer form but all for storage.  Each space that is separated by these units can take on dual purposes since there are no solid walls to completely enclose them.  The sunlight from the long bank of windows on the opposite from the entrance flood the space with natural light that bounces off the polished concrete floors and natural wood tones. This creates a warm space, creating implied walls from the shadows the solids create.

Beehives are also a place where bee’s come together during the pollination process.  Using that idea, I created a space with a glass curved wall to simulate the flight of the bee that intersects the opening of a rounded space.  This curved wall, which has voids mixed in sporadically for storage, flows into the round bathroom space where it not only creates a space for a closet, but also acts as the privacy wall for the open shower.  I use the idea of the center of a flower where the bee gets its pollen as the inspiration for my rounded form.This curved and round walls create a separation of space between the public and private area.  The lighting effects created from the four windows in this space, creates wisps of light onto the walls creating a flurry of motion resembling the flight of the bee in a second way.

Beehive also brought to mind the beehive hairstyle popular in the 1960’s.  This hairstyle was all about height and poof and made quite a statement.  It was not only used to help create more height for a shorter woman, but It was a way to be noticed.  Both of these are reasons I used this concept in my third space. Using the full 14’ height of the space, I created a loft above a section of the room which is accessible from a large sweeping circular stairway curving around the support column of the space. This creates that the ability to make a grand entrance into the space from above;  a “look at me” moment.  Using colors and period furniture from the 1960’s, the entire space takes on a retro feel that is all about self reflection and grandure.


Lover of architectural history, family, building design, coffee and dogs.

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