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Chandra McConnell Interior Design Portfolio


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The Apiary Library

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Observatory Sze

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SCAD CLC w/Chick-fil-A

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The Fleeting Grove

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Other Works

Senior Capstone: Studios V and VI

Studio IV: Exhibition Space

Studio III: Corporate Space

Form, Space, & Order

Foundation Courses

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Project Overview

The Apiary Library Public libraries are in a pivotal moment of redefinition and innovation will come in the form of an adaptable program. The program of The Apiary Library will focus on turning the library on its head by proposing that a portion of the space will be retail. The idea is to cater to the 48% of users who prefer to purchase their own books while bringing them to a space that offers resources expected from a library. Books will still be borrowable through the library and the e-book database in order to cater to the 24.5% of users who prefer to borrow. The main goal is to find a balance that caters to as many users as possible. Supporting Research: Younger people frequent public libraries 10% more often than the elderly. 48% of readers prefer to purchase their own books. Even with print on the decline, it still leads e-books sales by approximately 40%. 3

Initial Concept Proposal Collage


Collin is in kindergarten & after school while his single mom is working he enjoys coming to story time and making new friends.

Age: 75 Primary User

The Knitter

The Afterschooler

Milly Brown

Age: 5 Primary User

Age: 28 Primary User

Fresh out of grad school James is at the library everyday with co-collaborators working to bring their business venture to life.

Matt Smith Matt is proficient in all things computers & technology. He keeps the library running smoothly and often teaches workshops on computer programming.

Age: 15 Secondary User

Louise is a freshman in high school who enjoys coming to the library to scope out new releases in the YA section.

Gail Forester

The Librarian

Age: 36 Primary User

Milly is a retired, empty nester who frequents the library to spend time with friends in her knitting club & grabbing a cup of coffee in the cafe before it starts.

Louise Bennet

The Fangirl

The Start Up

James Pesto

IT Support

User Personas

Collin Trevino

Age: 44 Primary User

Gail spends her day helping users find what they need and teaching them various life skills. With no kids of her own, she enjoys story time in the children’s area.


Building & Site

The Apiary Library

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200 Newbury Street Boston, MA

CBT Architects of Boston Built in 1995 65,000 SF Current tenant: Nike Boston


Average SF of Programs

100% Building Systems 14% 75% Percentage of SF

Programming

Reprogrammed BPL Branches

Entry 7.3%

Adult 21%

Staff Support 8.7%

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Community 19%

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Jamaica Plain

Roslindale

Dudley

Tech Center 8.5%

Branches

Retail Entry

Community

Adult Tech Center

Children 12%

Young Adult

Cafe Children

Young Adult 15.7%

Support Staff

Adjacency Diagram Legend: Public

Building Systems

Private


Level One Floor Plan

The Apiary Library

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1. Main Entry 2. Circulation One 3. Propolis Bookstore 4. Honey Flow Cafe 5. Swarm Amphitheater 6. Restrooms 7. North Section 8. South Section


Level Two Floor Plan

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1. Circulation 2 2. Reading Room 3. Computer Rooms 4. Staff Workroom 5.Children’s Area 6. Restrooms 7. Young Adult Area 8. Reading Area

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Concept & Imagery

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Hive Culture The concept of Hive Culture is inspired by the bee’s need to put their community first and for humans the library is the perfect opportunity to grow and nurture a community. The program is laid out to inspire the busiest and more spontaneous connections within the first floor, but as users move through the levels the connections are more private and meaningful. Not only is the idea to revitalize the library within the community, but the community itself.


Sections Highlighting Comb Structures

North Section

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South Section

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Propolis Bookstore Entry Rendering

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Revit w/Photoshop


Revit w/Photoshop

Honey Flow Cafe Rendering


Children’s Area Rendering

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Revit w/Photoshop


Revit w/Photoshop

Young Adult Area Rendering


Project Overview

Observatory Sze Sarah Sze was born in 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts. She works primarily out of New York, New York, however, her pieces have been displayed all over the world. Sze utilizes everyday objects, from office supplies to ladders, to create intricate sculptures that push the viewers idea of scale and have an ever changing whimsy. The focus of the project was to create a space that would optimize Sze’s working style. She prefer to work in spaces with completely white walls surrounded by all of her supplies. She usually works right from the exhibition area using the flow of the space for the direction of her pieces. Observatory Sze provides an exhibition space, a storage area that provides a focus area, and a break room space for her and any employees.

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Images: 1. Sarah Sze 2. The Art of Losing 3. Image of workspace 4. (Untitled) Portable Planetarium

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Building & Site

Drayton Tower (Left Wing)

102 East Liberty Street Savannah, GA Built in 1951 2,024 SF

Rip & Tear Model


Concept Model & Imagery

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The Force of Sze Observatory Sze will consist of a series of spaces that possess the ability to flow into one another. Each space will serve a specific purpose that is executed with a seemingly whimsical precision to encourage users to wander throughout. The circular form of the workspace is to mimic an orbital pull on the space and Sarah Sze. The details will be integrated through the exploration of materiality and scale to inter fuse the spaces and to amplify the user experience.


Floor Plan Scale: 1/8” = 1’

Exhibit Sze The gallery space is left open and white for the artist’s artwork and sculptures. Sarah Sze prefers her space blank, like an empty sketchbook page. Most of her work requires the user to wander through so there is limited seating to encourage users to make their way through the artwork.

The Orbit The workspace is made up of three tiers of shelving units. The first and most central is the Orbiting Unit. It can rotate around the central work area, allowing for optimal customization of which supplies are near. The next tier is a simple shelving unit for slightly larger supplies. It also acts as a privacy barrier from Exhibit Sze. The third and final tier is meant to house her necessary tools and longterm storage of supplies.

Outer Orbit The break room is accessible not only through The Orbit, but also through the main area for events and openings, through the use of FilzFelt. It also allows a controlled amount of daylighting from the curtain wall while still keeping the space private.


Interiors & Fibers Collaboration

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In this studio, I collaborated with a group of students from the fibers major. We spent the quarter exchanging ideas and inspiration from our shared artist, Sarah Sze. In the end, I was presented with four options and had to choose a pattern to add into the design. This was the pattern that worked best with the Outer Orbit design, because it incorporates each of the colors in the space and simultaneously softened the clean lines of the furniture.


Axon with Main Furniture & Fixtures


Outer Orbit Rendering One

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Revit w/Photoshop


Sunlight Study

Without Room Divider

With Room Divider

3DS Max


Outer Orbit Rendering Two

Observatory Sze

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Revit w/Photoshop


Sunlight Study

Without Room Divider

With Room Divider

3DS Max


Exhibit Sze Rendering

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Revit w/Photoshop


Revit w/Photoshop

The Orbit Rendering


Project Overview

SCAD CLC w/Chick-fil-A SCAD works with a variety of well known companies, brands and organizations to research and solve challenging problems. Every year, the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) generates more than 50 discrete industry-sponsored projects across 40 disciplines, pairing innovative companies with the brightest creative students and professors. In this CLC our team collaborated with Chick-fil-A to research and develop interior design concepts for an on-brand, flexible entry and atrium space that welcomes the many types of guests who visit the support center at the Chick-fil-A corporate headquarters. This was a project that required every skill set learned at SCAD. It pushed us to truly understand how amazing things could come from the chaos of a collaboration between a group of talented interior design, graphic design, and photography students. For the final deliverables we presented Chick-fil-A with two options under one concept: Plan Y and Plan Z. 27

My Role:

During this project every person took on multiple responsibilities and roles. We were all involved in the big decisions, but we hashed out the rest in smaller groups. I was part of the museum design group. We were responsible for coming up with both final designs of the museum, each offering a unique experience and then the presentables for final presentation. While that was my main role, I also wrote our final concept statement, helped with ordering and preparation of final presentables, and was part of the model building team.


Concept & Imagery

Inspiring a Moment An environment that celebrates the little moments by encouraging interaction in a fully immersive experience. Every space builds from Chick-fil-A’s rich history and reveals the innovative culture by layering traditional and modern details.


Plan Y: Floor Plan

SCAD CLC w/Chick-fil-A Plan Y Key: Reception Museum Cafe Atrium Lounge Outdoor Area Gift Shop

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Plan Y: Renderings

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3DS Max Renderings 1. Corporate Entry 2. Corporate Reception 3. Cafe 4. Guest Reception

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Plan Y: Museum Storyboard

SCAD CLC w/Chick-fil-A

We chose to use storyboarding to show the museum simply because it is such an experiential space. It made sense to show the various steps each user would take within each area. 3


Plan Y: Renderings

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3DS Max Renderings 1. Gift Shop 2. Atrium 3. Atrium Seating 4. Lounge Space

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Plan Z: Floor Plan

SCAD CLC w/Chick-fil-A Plan Z Key: Reception Museum Cafe Atrium Lounge Outdoor Area Gift Shop

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Plan Z: Renderings

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3DS Max Renderings 1. Guest Entry 2. Corporate Reception 3. Guest Reception 4. Cafe

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Plan Z Museum Storyboard

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Plan Z: Renderings

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3DS Max Renderings 1. Atrium 2. Gift Shop 3. Lounge Seating 4. Lounge Seating - beneath bleachers

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Axon of Plans Y and Z

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Plan Y Axon

Plan Z Axon


Final Model


Project Overview

The Fleeting Grove

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The Fleeting Grove is a conceptual design of a pavilion that was focused around a personal object. The object that my pavilion was designed around was a small brass deer. The concept was to create a space that played on a user’s continuous search for hope and mystery. Silhouettes of a deer would lead you through the pathways and end in a central grove where the user is separated from a life-size deer sculpture by a water feature. The idea is to present users with the feeling of chasing something that is always just out of grasp and to appreciate the chase of all of life’s fleeting moments.


Concept Imagery and Site Model


Final Model

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The final model was built using a laser cut chipboard floor plan and hand cut chipboard walls. Spray paint gave it the desired material texture with the addition of model moss. The interior is lit to give the impression of fireflies behind the deer sculpture. The entire model sits on wooden base covered in model grass.


Final Model


Hand Drawn Sketches & Renderings

Other Works

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Lady Grey’s Cafe

The Culpepper Residence

Course: Rendering Hand drafted with pencil and rendered with markers.

Course: Studio I - Residential Hand drawn with pen and rendered with watercolor.


Foundation Courses Still Life Drawing Final

Knight of Flight

Course: Drawing I Drawn with charcoal.

Course: 3D Design Various types of paper hand cut & punched.


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