Just some elevation and plan views as I’m getting my construction docs completed.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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!!!
Entering into my final year in the Interior Architecture program at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, is pretty bittersweet. I never thought I would make it past second year, being it was really testing my sanity, but alas, here I am. Fall semester I’m taking my Interior Architecture IV studio class, Cultural Anthropology, Earth Science and then getting credit for my summer internship. In total, 16 credits.
So, the first post of this new year will introduce my new studio projects, which are pretty exciting to say the least. My teacher, Jo Leimenstoll, is our historical preservation expert in the department and even teaches on the Grad level in the historical preservation focus. She is known throughout the city’s planning/historical department and is really just a great teacher, so I am super exited to have her this semester. We have two projects that we are working on simultaneously; the first is based out of Florence, SC and the second is at Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, VA. I will focus on the Florence project in this post, as it’s the one I’m working on now. 🙂
Florence, SC recently designated a few streets as being in a historical district, so the current state of the area (very dilapidated and choc full of slumlords) will change drastically over the next few years. Our focus is a building currently being developed into a boutique hotel, named Hotel Florence and the city has put out this competition for students to submit their own designs for the hotel. Even though our designs will not be used as inspiration for its actual development, there is a cash prize involved and that is pretty nice too. The building is located on W Evans Street and the main building is three levels, the building to its left is one story, and the building to the left of that is two stories. All three buildings need to retain their current facade design, but the interiors will be linked together to make one larger space; thus the hotel.
What I loved about the start of this project, is that instead of writing a whole design statement or concept (which is kinda silly to do in the beginning of the projects, honestly), we were asked to write a haiku and pair it with an image that relates somehow. Here is my haiku
No surprise here – I love to see the inner workings of things, and that is what my design is based on.. The design will also incorporate natural materials, I’m honoring the history of Florence and the restaurant will serve all local organic foods. I had to make a menu too. here is that!
And here is my preliminary model in sketchup.
Updates to project to follow!!