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Residential Design: Familiar Geometries

Commercial Design: The People's Chocolatier

Educational Design: Converging Roads

Institutional Design: Articulating Clifton

Historical Master Study: An Islamic Mosque

Willett Painting Commission

Comforting design for the many different facets of Autism Spectrum Disorder This project is the design of a residential penthouse loft in Los Angeles, aiming to create a completely personalized living space with proper amenities for a client who may be facing certain physical, mental, or cultural challenges. The clients commissioning this design are the McLaughlins: Allison, a professional chef, Jacob, her 7-year old son, and Nadia Ivanov, Jacob's nanny. Jacob has level 2 autism spectrum disorder, with specific attributes including mathmatical savant sydrome, constant need to be in motion, and sensory overloads resulting in potentially violent breakdowns.

The Fibonacci Spiral as spatial sections

The concept for my design is breaking down spatial areas into one basic geometric form, the Fibonacci Spiral, in order for Jacob to be able to relate to, interact with, and understand the space around him.

Floor Plan Scale: 3/16" = 1'-0"

Reflected Ceiling Plan Scale: 3/16" = 1'-0"

Geometric Recessed Ceiling w/ Cove-Mounted Lighting

Full Kitchen Perspective Media: Ink & Artist Markers

Unique Furnishings

Kitchen Elevation Scale: 3/8" = 1'-0"

Plummeting Space: Space filled with soft objects like bean bags an autistic child can crash into when feeling overwhelmed

Partial Bedroom Perspective Media: Ink & Artist Markers

Sustainable Recycled Soft Tile Custom Fibonacci Soapstone Sink

Imitation Hardwood Foam Synthetic Leather Tile (Waterproof)

Compactable Furniture: Pieces which can be compacted into smaller spaces, allowing for fast-paced activies when area is not in use

Green/ Gray Soapstone

Section Scale: 3/16" = 1'-0"

Multipurpose Appliances: Appliances that efficiently combine multiple uses, creating more space

This project is the design of a retail chocolatier based in Over The Rhine, a neighborhood of Cincinnati. The criteria maintains that the chocolatier must incorporate the eclectic culture Over The Rhine is known for. My design embodies this eclectic culture by operating in an individualistic way: customers start by selecting what ingredients they wish to blend together, and then watch as their custom order is made before their eyes in a glass partitioned, in-house kitchen.

My concept for the space utilizes a sculptural lighting piece to guide circulation through the process. It starts out in rigid, straight lines to encourage a linear walking path while the customer’s chocolate is being made, and then changes to a more weaving structure to encourage lingering among the rest of the shop. Reflected Ceiling Plan Scale: 1/4” = 1’-0”

Soft White Low Glare Fluorescents

Ambient Pendant Lighting

Inset Sculptural Lighting Recessed Ceiling

Floor Plan Scale: 1/4” = 1/-0”

The linear motif transitions from inside to outside through the facade

Cash Wrap Perspective Media: Ink & Colored

Building Section Scale: 1/4” = 1’-0”


Cash Wrap Details

5’ 8.5’ 1.5’ Top View

Bianco Calacatta Titanium Black Marble - Counters, Cash Quartzite Natural Maple Wrap, Displays - Restroom Tile - Lighting Piece & Countertops

3’ Dark Walnut - Flooring

Geometric cash wrap with soft-close drawers and storage shelving


Display Table Detail


Back View

Sherwin Williams “Midnight” - Recessed Ceiling Color

Right Side View

Geometric display table holding ready-made chocolate arrangements

This exterior gathering space situated just outside the entrance of King Cafe at Miami University aims to create a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere for any individual that wanders through. On this particular site, four major paths intersect at this very entrance, making it the perfect spot to blend every student, guest, and professor into one community. My concept derived from these converging roads, creating a grand curvilinear structure developing out of each major walkway. If passers-by wish to use this structure merely as a gateway to their next destination, the curves form arches that do not break the circulation pathes for ease of transportation. If someone wishes to linger, however, these same arches fold into seats for any student to use as an escape from the pressures of normal campus life.

Concept Scheme 1

Floor Plan Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

Concept Scheme 2

West Elevation Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

Concept Scheme 3

East-West Section Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

This young adult library situated in the heart of Clifton, Cincinnati articulates the unique culture, history, and stories of the neighborhood by becoming a story itself, written by the future generations of Clifton. The outer facade is built of translucent waves that serve as pages alluding to the stories within, without explicitly revealing them until you take your first step inside. The interior, with its twisting shelves, fractured ceilings, and bending spaces, distorts the reality of the outside into a space of dicovery and learning, ready to be explored.

Fourth Floor Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

Third Floor

Second Floor

Ground Floor

Lower Level

North-South Section Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

KalCurve Building Systems:

PolySolar BIPV Glass:

Structural & Curtain Wall Systems

Window & Mullion Systems

North Elevation

East-West Section Scale: 1/8” = 1’-0”

Solidia Tech Concrete: Structural Columns

This group project required in-depth analysis of the design and construction of twelfth century mosques, before creating a new mosque with influences from three other precedents.

Mosque Plan Scale: 1” = 20’

Southern Section Scale: 1” = 20’

Eastern Section Scale: 1” = 20’

Southern Elevation Scale: 1” = 20’

Eastern Elevation Scale: 1” = 20’

This series of acrylic paintings was commissioned by the Willett Family in Indianapolis, Indiana. Each painting depicts West Lake, a famous sight in the Hangzhou Province of China at transitional times of day.

“West Lake at Dawn”

“West Lake at Noon”

“West Lake at Sunset”

“West Lake in Evening Light”

Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Interior Design Porfolio - Caroline Berlage  
Interior Design Porfolio - Caroline Berlage