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Flex Space Elevations

Just some elevation and plan views as I’m getting my construction docs completed.

Front Elevation
Front Elevation
Back Elevation
Back Elevation
Left Elevation
Left Elevation
Right Elevation
Right Elevation
Plan View
Plan View
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Flex-Space

I will be updating this blog as I finish more ideas and their renderings…. In the meantime, here are some other options I have thought of for the flex-space.

Flex Space
Flex Space
flex space
flex space
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Update on Flex-space

I’ve made a few changes to the flex-space based on some feedback.  I opened it up a bit and made less moving parts.  Here is what I have so far.

 

flex openThe desk area is completely open to the Bedroom and flex space.  This view, directly across from the washer dryer, has the storage cabinets on the right side of the unit against the outside wall.  This change, gives the unit a more open feel.

The desk space has few moving parts.  First, the platform shown with the laptop on it, slides freely through the unit to allow for more desk space when needed on either side.  The drawer above, with the printer, slides back and forth to allow for easy reach.  The top bookshelf is completely open.Flex closed

When the unit is closed, the closet space and the utility storage is not viewable, however the left side of the unit is open through to the bedroom area.  This allows for usability from both the flex space, and bedroom at any given time.FilesThe seating how now been integrated into the unit… When not in use, the seat, on rollers, can be pushed out of the way under the  desk space.  There is a hidden file system in the seat when needed.

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Midterm Reviews

Our Midterm reviews were a chance to update the class and Travis on the progress we all have made so far in our research and designs.  Here are my presentation boards that illustrate my process, inspirations and latest designs.

audra volpi mid crit_Page_1

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Canopy House – 1.0 critique

For our first critique, I came up with an idea for the flexspace I referred to in my previous post.  I received some great ideas from this critique, as the initial design could be too involved in moving parts.  I’m exploring other design options and will be discussing these options with one of the third year students in this studio, Holly.  She worked on the Canopy house last semester and is interested in this part of the project too..

Here are my boards.canopy house

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My Final Semester Studio

My Interior Architecture studio class with Travis Hicks began on January 14th and we have a few different options on what we can work on.  I have chosen two and am excited to make this a really autonomous project.

My first focus will be on the Canopy House that Team Tidewater along with UNCG has been working on for this years Solar Decathlon in Irvine, California.  Last semester, this project began with third year students working on the interior, but there were a few areas of the interior that were left unresolved and that is what I am researching.

The concept for the Canopy House and it’s design can be seen here.

pic courtesy of http://www.solardecathlon.gov/team_tidewater_virginia.html#nogo
pic courtesy of http://www.solardecathlon.gov/team_tidewater_virginia.html#nogo

To make this house one where you can live in during a variety of stages of your life, we are not only considering accessibility, but also the need for a possible caregiver for an elderly resident.  What has been unresolved, for the most part, is where that caregiver would sleep.  There are also, in my opinion, some design flaws in the bedroom and “office” area and my focus will be here.  I have a bunch of ideas already and have bookmarked research articles and may pair with a fellow student to build a prototype of something.  I’m a bit surprised by my overwhelming desire to tackle this, as furniture and/or product design is not generally my interest, so I’m going to tread on new territory without any idea how it’s going to end and I’m really excited about it!!! Sketches and research findings to follow.  My presentation on this will be done on February 1st, so look out for it then.

My second focus will be the Tectonic house – see previous posting here.  

photo courtesy of http://uncgiarc.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/iar-301-final-critique/
photo courtesy of http://uncgiarc.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/iar-301-final-critique/

This house was designed by my third year fall studio and I am taking it a few steps in a different direction.  The house I am envisioning will be more in line with sustainability as a whole.  What does it mean to be sustainable and does it require new materials and a new build using resources that are brought to the site?  This Tectonic house was thought to be built in the Glenwood section of Greensboro and I don’t feel that the house design, as is, would work.  More on this later.  🙂

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Woodlawn Plantation – Final Board Presentation

I had previously mentioned that our two studio projects were competitions, and for our final studio project, we went to Washington DC to give our presentation for the Woodlawn Plantation.  Arriving in DC Monday afternoon, we parked at the hotel and took the metro to the National Building Museum to see the House and Home Exhibit.  The building is quite spectacular and the exhibit was a good one.   Monday night, the girls and I went to Mama Ayesha’s in the Adams Morgan neighborhood and had some DELICIOUS Middle Eastern food!!! Adams Morgan is one of my favorite neighborhoods – very diverse in it’s people and restaurants.
Tuesday morning, we headed over to the DC Design Center to present our designs.  My group consisted of Kacie Leisure, Kathryn Frye and myself and the three of us really enjoyed working together.  Our design styles meshed and the result was an eclectic version of what Woodlawn could be for a modern American family living there today.

We’re anticipating finding out the winner of this competition before the start of next semester, January 14th.  The winner will lead the installation of their design at Woodlawn Plantation, and our class will attend the Gala event presenting it to the public.  Wish us luck!!!

Entrance Hall
Entrance Hall
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom

Washy's Room
Washy’s Room
Virginia's Studio
Virginia’s Studio