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This Side Up
IIDA Design Competition
12. Keep moving. The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice.
-Bruce Mauâ€™s Incomplete Manifesto For Growth
Design is endless. It is a constant change. Design does not have a definition for it is a personal interpretation on how to create something. There is no right or wrong. Design is creativity, passion, an art and a belief that there are no limits. As a designer I believe in overcoming the obstacles and finding solutions that are beyond generic. My personal goal is to never stop learning design. There are always new techniques and technologies that can change the way in which our world lives. Just as our lives are moving forward, adapting design to move forward with it is truly a passion I intend to pursue.
Magnolia Plantation was an in-depth exploratory project used to show our skills of research. The challenge was to find a style of architecture in an unfamiliar era and display the knowledge that we gained through the use of an educational tool. To do so, I investigated Magnolia Plantation built in 1835 in Natchitoches Louisiana. The home displays characteristics of the French Creole style including generous galleries, multiple French doors, wraparound mantels,bousillage construction and a gallery roof. To display how this home may have looked, I created reproductions of construction plans and furniture plans. From that point I designed a book that presented the basic information needed to understand the French Creole style.
The Warren Initiative was an adaptive reuse assignment for a building in Warren Ohio. It was to be converted into a business center as well as a hotel. It is a place for people from all around to come together for meetings or conferences and have a place to stay afterward. The first floor is strictly offices and meeting rooms while the second and third floors are for luxury hotel accommodations. The challenge for this assignment was space planning so that all the required rooms could fit into the exterior shell of the existing building. Balancing the spaces and keeping them modern create an atmosphere that is energetic and functional. The Warren Initiative building is a place for new and old companies to thrive and expand.
Timber Grove Retirement Center is a place where my partner and I felt should be fun and interactive. The challenge here was to use an existing space and renovate it to meet the needs of the retired individuals. The concept behind Timber Grove was growth rings on a tree and how they show that, although they may be older trees, they still hold onto all other ages they have been. My partner and I wanted this concept to be reflected throughout the space by incorporating a bowling alley, library, large dining hall, cafe, community room, pool, gym, spa, movie theatre, indoor garden and more. We were able to create a full site plan that contained walkways, tennis and volleyball courts and small ponds. Also, for the homes we were able to design a typical layout for apartments and villas that would be on-site. Natural textures and colors were used throughout the spaces to keep a homey, comforting atmosphere.
This Side Up
This Side Up
This Side Up is a high tech sustainability center located at Tower City Center in Cleveland Ohio. The main objective was to create a unifying space that delivers the message and encourages the moral compass of sustainability. Schematic adjacencies generate purpose for the office, retail, display, confrence rooms, kitchenette, lounge and lecture hall. During the space planning process, we utilized the different functions for maximum versatility. Construction documentation furthered the process with detail drawings, furniture specifications, lighting plans, millwork and schedules. Three dimensional projects complete the process with and overall visual of This Side Up.
The IIDA Design Competition takes place within The Atrium office building in Westlake Ohio. GPI Designs, a company that backlights architectural surfaces, had challenged us to incorporate lit elements into the overall design. Natural elements, warm colors, and intimate seating areas create a personal experience for employees at The Atrium building. As one enters the space you are immediately calmed by the sounds of the water and the warmth of the fire. The verticality of the sculptural partition creates cohesive rhythm between levels. GPI product is incorporated on horizontal and vertical planes to showcase the versatility of the lit element. Bringing the outside in rejuvenates the atrium for a terrace feel. The space generates an atmosphere that invites employees to relax and gather.
IIDA Design Competition
Our senior thesis project was to design a space within Tower City in Cleveland that would ultimately help the city. VertiGrow is an indoor vertical farm education facility and market. VetriGrow teaches customers the value of vertical farms and why they are necessary for our future. The first floor of the space contains hydroponic and aeroponic growing beds for fruits and vegetables. On the second level is the market, which would be supplied by the farming area below. Also, the market would contain retail display areas where information and books on vertical farming could be sold.